Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome services offered in Homestead, FL

Abdominal pain, gas, and bloating are some of the symptoms you may experience with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Board-certified gastroenterologist Sandra Rodriguez, MD, at DLW Gastro Clinic in Homestead, Florida, specializes in diagnosing and treating IBS. For expert IBS care from a gastroenterology practice that puts your health first, call DLW Gastro Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What should I know about irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine, which is the last part of your digestive tract. IBS is a functional disorder, meaning it causes symptoms, but no noticeable damage to the gastrointestinal tract.

Researchers are still learning about IBS and what causes the disorder, but theorize that the symptoms occur due alterations in how the gut and brain communicate. These communication changes may affect gut sensitivity and motility, resulting in the IBS symptoms.

IBS is common and can cause a wide range of symptoms that affect quality of life. 

I have constipation and diarrhea. Could I have irritable bowel syndrome?

A change in bowel habits is one of the symptoms of IBS. People with the disorder may have problems with constipation, diarrhea, or both. They may also have changes in stool appearance, causing pencil-thin stools or stool covered in mucus.

In addition to the changes in bowel movement, people with IBS experience abdominal pain, bloating, and gas. The pain is recurring and coincides with the diarrhea and constipation. 

What tests diagnose irritable bowel syndrome?

There’s no single test that can diagnose IBS. During your initial evaluation at DLW Gastro Clinic, the board-certified gastroenterologist asks detailed questions about your symptoms, bowel habits, and usual diet. They also review your medical history and family history and perform a physical exam.

The gastroenterologist may perform various tests to rule out other conditions, such as a bloodwork, stool test, colonoscopy, or endoscopy. 

They may diagnose you with IBS if you have ongoing symptoms that affect your quality of life and results from other tests show no other health problems to explain your symptoms. 

What treatments can help manage irritable bowel syndrome?

DLW Gastro Clinic takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to IBS treatment. Your plan may include a combination of lifestyle changes and medications to manage symptoms.

IBS treatments may include:

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Finding and omitting foods that trigger symptoms
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Finding healthy ways to manage stress
  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication to manage diarrhea or constipation

It can take some time to find the right combination of therapies to help control your IBS. The board-certified gastroenterologist works closely with you, adjusting your plan as needed to minimize the effect your IBS has on your quality of life.

Call DLW Gastro Clinic or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about IBS.