Posts for: April, 2016
Few things are more embarrassing to deal with than sudden abdominal cramping, gas, diarrhea, or constipation. Yet if you live in or near Roswell, GA and you frequently suffer from any of these conditions, you should consider talking to a qualified gastroenterologist – sooner rather than later -- because chances are, it’s more than just an upset stomach.
It may be Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
If you live in or near the Roswell, GA area and you are suffering from any of these symptoms, consider contacting a qualified, experienced gastroenterologist such as Dr. Melvin D. Bullock. People who suffer from IBS may not know it – they may think what they are experiencing is just an upset stomach -- an unfortunate but normal reaction to certain foods, beverages, even stress.
One reason some people, especially younger people, might not think about IBS is because they tend to stereotype such conditions with older people. The truth is, however, IBS tends to strike younger people. In fact, you are more likely to have IBS if you are under 45, have a family history of IBS, and/or have mental health issues or are under pressure at work or in life. You have almost double the risk if you are a woman; IBS occurs in almost twice as many women as men, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The causes of IBS are not fully known. Symptoms can vary in presentation, frequency, and intensity from person to person. IBS, while painful, annoying, embarrassing, and occasionally even debilitating, does not cause changes to bowel tissue like inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease can, nor is it associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer.
IBS can often be treated with diet and lifestyle management; occasionally it disappears completely and may reappear later. However, IBS is chronic; it must be managed long-term.
Your Roswell Gastroenterologist will be able to tell you whether you have IBS and will help you determine the best treatment plan. If you present with symptoms, including but not limited to developing a new case after age 50, rectal bleeding, sudden weight loss, nausea, abdominal pain that doesn’t go away after bowel movements, or fever, your Roswell Gastroenterologist will probably want to test you for other, more serious conditions.
If you live in or near Roswell, GA and are suffering from any of these symptoms or think you may have IBS, contact Dr. Bullock at 770-442-5882.