Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment in Greater Morgantown Area

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that causes the colon to function improperly. It is prevalent in people of all ages and affects roughly 5 million Americans. Although IBS doesn't damage the digestive tract or cause other health problems, its symptoms are uncomfortable, embarrassing and life-changing. And they may be a sign of some other, more serious disorder. The symptoms of IBS include:

  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Difficult, infrequent or altered bowel habits
  • Diarrhea or frequent loose stools
  • Gas & bloating
  • Mucus in stool
  • Pellet-shaped or ribbon-shaped stool

What is IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause swelling and inflammation in the intestines and affect as many as 1 million Americans. Often confused with IBS, IBD refers to two chronic diseases:

  • Ulcerative colitis affects the inner lining of the large intestine (colon), causing it to become inflamed and develop ulcers.
  • Crohn's disease can affect any part of the GI tract and causes inflammation that extends deeper into the intestinal wall than with ulcerative colitis.

Symptoms of IBD can include:

  • Mild to severe diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding, sometimes leading to anemia
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss, dehydration & malnutrition
  • Possible delayed development & stunted growth in children

Diagnosing IBS & IBD.

The causes of IBS and IBD are not known, and diagnosis of both disorders is challenging. A diagnosis of either IBS or IBD requires the ruling out of other potential causes of symptoms. Medical history, physical examination, blood tests and other exams, including upper and lower endoscopy, help gastroenterologists diagnose and differentiate these disorders.

For an accurate diagnosis & effective treatment, trust skilled, experienced care.

At Southwestern Gastrointestinal Specialists, our board-certified gastroenterologists have the skill, capabilities and expertise to diagnose and differentiate IBS and IBD. Most importantly, we help relieve your symptoms and treat any underlying problems with the compassion, personal dedication and heartfelt concern you deserve. Get the relief you need.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 724-437-7677. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form .