Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a change in the usual way you pass stool with feelings of bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation, mucus in the stool, and abdominal pain relieved with defecation. Diagnosing IBS requires these symptoms be present for 3 out of the last 12 months (can be non-consecutive) and that other diseases be excluded. Even with all these restrictions, irritable bowel remains one of the most common conditions we see- present in 15% of the population. Treatment can be challenging at times. Usually we recommend fiber therapy as a cornerstone of treatment. If this fails, then remedies based on symptoms are often attempted: antispasmotics for spasm, laxatives or Zelnorm® for constipation, cholesytramine, colestipol, or loperamide for diarrhea. There is some evidence that small bowel bacterial growth can produce IBS-like symptoms, and a portion of patients will respond to antibiotics. Likewise, a subset of patients with chronic pain will find anti-depressant medications very helpful in controlling their symptoms.

Digestive Health Tips From Our Staff

Fiber:  Methylcellulose fiber supplementation is an excellent and less bloating option.

"I highly recommend methylcellulose fiber supplementation. This is an excellent choice and has less bloating symptoms.

 

Dr. Powell states he chose to practice Gastroenterology, “to treat a wide scope of different problems and afflictions and using modern treatment to help these patients feel better.”