Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Affinity Can Help

April 1, 2014 by Molly Huff

It's not a easy topic of conversation: Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. It's uncomfortable, can be painful, and let's face it - often embarrassing as well. But did you know that anywhere from 9% to 23% of the population have IBS? Yet many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms actually can indicate a medically recognized disorder.

April is IBS Awareness Month, and during this time, Affinity would like to focus attention on important health messages about IBS diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues. Affinity's Gastroenterologists specialize in disorders of the digestive system which how IBS is defined, and we can help you not only decide if IBS is what you're dealing with, but also how to help you improve symptoms and feel better. 

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain or discomfort in the abdomen. If pain is persistent and recurring, this could be a sign of IBS.
  • Changes in bowel habits. A change in frequency or consistency (diarrhea or constipation) can be signs of IBS and link to the abdominal pain.
  • Symptoms occur over a long term and come and go over time. Some of all of IBS symptoms can occur at the same time. Some symptoms may be worse than others. Cramping, sharp gas-like pains or even dull, modest pains can all point to IBS.

About 25% to 50% of persons treated for IBS also report:

  • Heartburn
  • Early feeling of fullness
  • Nausea
  • Bloating

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and feel that IBS may be the culprit, contact Affinity's Gastroenterology department. Affinity's three gastroenterologists: Dr. George Yared and Dr. Riaz Gill can help with the diagnosis of IBS or other digestive disorders and can help you resolve and improve your issues to regain your quality of life.  Call Affinity today to make an appointment.