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Posts for: November, 2018

By Melvin D. Bullock MD
November 05, 2018
Category: Medical Conditions

Though a simple stomach ache is often nothing to worry about, gastric issues like irritable bowel syndrome can cause serious complications and frustrating symptoms. Luckily, your gastroenterologist can help you manage your IBS symptoms to ensure that you live a happy, healthy life. Find out more about recognizing and treating irritable bowel syndrome with Dr. Melvin Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Commonly referred to by its abbreviation, IBS affects the large intestine. IBS is most often a mild condition but can be serious and produce frustrating symptoms. Some of the common signs of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • gas
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • mucous in the stool
  • abdominal pain
  • abdominal cramping

If you notice a sudden change in your bowel movements or symptoms like unexplained vomiting, anemia, difficulty swallowing, bloody stool or bleeding rectum, or unexplained weight loss, you should see your doctor. Common triggers of IBS include certain foods, stress, and, in some cases, hormones.

How will my doctor diagnose irritable bowel syndrome? 

Though doctors can help to minimize its symptoms, they do not know the exact cause of IBS. Some contributing causes of IBS may be related to intestinal muscular contractions, inflammation of the intestines, changes in gut flora, infection, or issues with the nervous system. Your doctor will use a physical examination alongside your medical and family history and various testing methods to determine if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Females, individuals under 50, and those who have mental health issues are more prone to IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA

Treating IBS may be as simple as avoiding what triggers it. However, your doctor may also suggest dietary restrictions, eating certain foods, and getting plenty of exercise and sleep to begin IBS treatment. Supplements, laxatives, antidepressants, or certain medications to treat IBS specifically can also help manage your symptoms.

For more information on colonoscopy or to schedule your consultation for one, please contact Dr. Melvin Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA. Call (770) 442-5882 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bullock today!