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By Melvin D. Bullock MD
August 29, 2016

Do you suffer from bouts of diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain? You may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Melvin ibsBullock, your Roswell, GA gastroenterologist, shares some information about the disorder.

What is IBS?

IBS actually describes a collection of symptoms that include:

  • Diarrhea: You may experience loose stools and may feel the need to visit the restroom very urgently.
  • Constipation: When you don't have diarrhea, you may develop constipation.
  • Pain: Abdominal pain and cramps are common if you have IBS.
  • Fullness: Do you ever feel stuffed even though you didn't overeat?
  • Incomplete Bowel Movements: It's not unusual to feel as if there's still stool in your bowel after you've used the toilet when you have IBS.
  • Bloating: Bloating and gas tend to occur when your IBS symptoms flare up.
  • Mucus: If you take a look at the toilet, you may notice mucus in your stool.

No one is quite sure what causes IBS, although you may be more likely to suffer from it if you are female, have a family history of the disorder, are younger than 50 or have depression, anxiety or other mental health problems. Researchers think IBS may be caused or worsened by a stomach or intestinal infection, changing hormone levels, food sensitivities, bacterial overgrowth in your intestines or a problem with the way your intestines move food through your gastrointestinal system.

Will IBS cause permanent damage?

Perhaps the only good thing about IBS is that, despite its painful symptoms, it doesn't damage your gastrointestinal tract. It also doesn't cause cancer or other serious diseases.

How can I relieve my IBS symptoms in Roswell?

If your symptoms seems to be triggered by certain foods, avoiding these foods can help reduce them. Foods that tend to cause problems include dairy products, alcohol, soda, caffeinated drinks, fried foods, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, fatty foods or refined grains.

Counseling can be helpful, as can stress reduction techniques. If your symptoms cause severe pain or interfere with your life, your gastroenterologist can prescribe medication that will help control your symptoms and relieve your pain.

Tired of dealing with IBS on your own? Call Dr. Bullock, your Roswell, GA gastroenterologist, at (770) 442-5882 and make an appointment to learn how you can successfully manage your disorder.

By Melvin D. Bullock MD
April 15, 2016
Category: Stomach Issues
Tags: IBS  

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.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.