18 Dec IBS Los Angeles
The condition known as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS is a disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract and can be expressed through a number of symptoms that often occur in tandem. Most frequently, patients with IBS complain of abdominal pain, discomfort, cramping, as well as diarrhea and/or constipation. Today IBS is believed to stem from both physical and psychological factors.
Researchers believe the IBS may affect as much as 20% of the population of Los Angeles and it may be similarly prevalent nationwide – an average estimate put figures at 10% to 15% on a national scale. IBS most commonly affects individuals before the age of 45 and disproportionately affects women about twice as often as men.
Symptoms of IBS are often noticed first in relation to changes in bowel habits, or pain or discomfort. If you notice that your bowel movements occur more or less frequently. Individuals suffering from IBS may notice increases in diarrhea, constipation or both, experience abdominal bloating, may feel the sensation of needing to move a bowel, and may notice clear liquid discharge that is a clear liquid produced by the intestines to protect the GI track. The symptoms of IBS often improve after a movement.
Researchers now believe that the possible symptoms of may include faulty communication between the nerves of the GI tract and the brain, motor problems in the GI tract, hypersensitivity to pain and sensation within the GI tract, bacterial overgrowth, genetics, and food sensitivity.
Although a cure is not yet available, the condition is not fatal, and you can still live a full and satisfying life. There are plenty of methods available to help patients manage symptoms and if you believe you may be affected by IBS it is a good idea to contact a doctor who has experience in dealing with IBS, like the trained physicians at Brentview Medical.
Our doctors can screen patients for symptoms of IBS and can help those who do have the condition to plan and take steps towards living a healthier life that will minimize symptoms.
Contact our Los Angeles office to schedule an appointment to be screened for symptoms of IBS and take the first step towards living a healthy and quality life. Or walk in anytime and see if we don’t live up to our goal of keeping wait times a short as 5 minutes.