Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common medical condition diagnosed by the best in class NYC Gastroenterologist that targets your intestines. IBS can cause abdominal pain, gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation. IBS symptoms can oftentimes be accompanied by and overlap with other symptoms and be difficult to identify as the cause of your symptoms. Patients should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a gastroenterologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan in order to exclude an underlying serious illness or condition. Blood work, stools studies, breath tests and other diagnostic tests include endoscopy/colonoscopy may need to be performed to secure a proper diagnosis depending on your case.
Other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome that the NYC gastroenterologist’s patients typically have include bloating and the feeling of not having emptied the bowels completely, so needing to return to the toilet shortly after a bowel action. Many people with IBS find that their symptoms are made worse by stress and by certain foods.
Not everyone is affected the same way, but women report the condition more often than men. Certain foods — such as dairy, chocolate, even fruits and vegetables — can trigger IBS. Artificial sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated beverages also might cause the condition. Medicine, such as antibiotics, can contribute to it as well. Stress, hormones and genetics also can play a role in the onset of IBS.
If you’re experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, Dr. Khodadadian will review your medical history and give you a thorough physical examination. Because its symptoms are similar to those of more serious conditions, the NYC gastroenterologist won’t be able to diagnose IBS until he has eliminated those other conditions. He may need to order laboratory tests or perform diagnostic procedures such as a colonoscopy or a flexible sigmoidoscopy.
Treatment can include diet and lifestyle changes, such as eliminating gassy foods and beverages. Other options include a range of medications. Antibiotics, drugs to control diarrhea, and even antidepressants sometimes can help, and several other newer medications that have been approved.