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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) services offered in Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) services offered in the greater Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ area

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder affecting about 12% of people in the United States. At Premier Gastro Care in Phoenix, Arizona, Shakti Singh, MD, and the team provide expert care for people with IBS, creating plans that minimize symptoms and improve quality of life. Are you experiencing frequent abdominal pain and constipation or diarrhea? Call the office or schedule a consultation online with the gastroenterology practice today.

What should I know about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain that coincides with a change in bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or both. People with IBS may also experience abdominal bloating and gas, pencil-thin stool, or mucus-covered stool.

IBS is a functional GI disorder, also called disorders of the gut-brain interactions. Though symptoms are disruptive and challenging, IBS doesn’t cause any visible damage to the GI tract. 

What causes IBS?

Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of IBS but theorize that a combination of factors may lead to the disorder, such as difficult life events at an early age, a history of GI infections, and genetics. 

As a disorder of gut-brain interactions, experts believe IBS symptoms occur because of problems with how the gut communicates with the brain. These alterations in communication may make the gut more sensitive (causing pain) or cause food to move too fast (diarrhea) or too slow (constipation) through the GI tract.

I have belly pain when I'm stressed. Do I have IBS?

Stress can cause abdominal pain, but that doesn’t mean you have IBS. If you have GI symptoms, the team at Premier Gastro Care can find the cause.

No single test can diagnose IBS. The gastroenterology experts at Premier Gastro Care conduct a thorough history and physical exam to determine the cause of your GI symptoms. 

The team may diagnose you with IBS if you have ongoing problems with abdominal pain that gets worse or better with bowel movements, your bowel movements are more or less frequent, or there’s a change in stool appearance. 

What are the treatments for IBS?

The team at Premier Gastro Care individualizes your IBS treatment plan based on symptoms. Your plan may include:

  • Diet changes
  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management
  • Medication to manage bowel changes
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

It can take some time to find the right combination of food, therapies, and medication to improve your IBS symptoms. The team works closely with you until you find a regimen that works.

Don’t let your IBS keep you from living your life. Call Premier Gastro Care today or schedule an appointment online.