From belly pain to constipation to diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause a host of symptoms that may affect your everyday life. The experienced team at Colorado Gastroenterology, with offices in Denver, Aurora, and Golden, specialize in IBS and can provide treatments to help improve your symptoms so you can get back to doing what you love. For an appointment, call the office today.
Previously referred to as spastic colon or nervous colon, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. IBS may cause severe symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation, that may impair your everyday activities, but it doesn’t damage your digestive system.
While anyone can develop IBS, you may be at greater risk if it runs in your family. It’s also more commonly found in women and people under the age of 50.
IBS is categorized by type based on how it affects your bowel habits. You may not experience abnormalities in bowel habits every day with IBS.
The types of IBS include:
With IBS-C, your stools may be hard and lumpy more than one-quarter of the time on the days you’re experiencing changes in bowel habits.
With IBS-D, your stools are loose and watery more than one-quarter of the time on the days you’re experiencing changes in bowel habits.
With IBS-M, your stools alternate between hard and lumpy and loose and watery.
Understanding the type of IBS you have may help your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology direct your treatment.
Your specialist at Colorado Gastroenterology conducts a comprehensive examination to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. There’s no single test that can diagnose IBS, and your specialist may recommend various tests to rule out other potential causes. Your examination may include:
Your specialist may then use either the Rome or Manning criteria to formulate a diagnosis and determine the type of IBS you have.
Treatment for your IBS may depend on your IBS type and severity of your symptoms. Your specialist works one-on-one with you to develop a treatment plan that helps normalize bowel function and relieve your symptoms to improve your quality of life. Treatment may include:
Your specialist adjusts your treatment plan as needed.
To get the help you need to gain control over your IBS, call Colorado Gastroenterology today.