Life with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be full of challenges, but through a combination of diet, lifestyle changes, and medication, you can take control of your condition. At his practice in Boca Raton, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Prosper Abitbol is experienced in helping women and men manage IBS. To get the relief from IBS you’re looking for, call or use the online booking tool today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, long-term condition in the large intestine (bowels) that causes symptoms including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Gas

IBS mostly affects women and is more common in people under age 50. If you often experience any of the above symptoms, regardless of your age or sex, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abitbol. He can diagnose IBS or identify if your symptoms are the result of another medical condition.

IBS won’t damage your bowels or lead to other gastrointestinal diseases, so in that sense, it’s not a dangerous condition, but the symptoms of IBS can be very disruptive. Many people with IBS find themselves planning their lives around having access to a bathroom, and when their symptoms act up, it can ruin their day. Not only are the symptoms themselves unpleasant, but the resulting embarrassment and anxiety often compound the problem.  

The symptoms of IBS can change over time, so you may have diarrhea sometimes and constipation other times. Your symptoms may stop and start unpredictably and for no apparent reason. Even when your symptoms have subsided, you may worry about when they’ll return, so it’s difficult to feel truly free from IBS without treatment.

If you have gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, or cramps often enough to impact your life, you should see Dr. Abitbol to find out if you have IBS or another chronic condition.

Though there’s no cure for IBS, you can successfully manage the condition by identifying what triggers your symptoms and learning to avoid those triggers. Dr. Abitbol helps you with needed lifestyle and diet changes.

Stress often contributes to IBS symptoms, so Dr. Abitbol works with you on managing causes of stress in your life. Most people with IBS have specific food sensitivities. He’ll guide you on a diet that involves eliminating common problem foods, then slowly reintroducing them, to figure out which foods you have difficulty tolerating.

Taking control of stress and following a diet specifically for IBS may reduce or even eliminate your symptoms. Dr. Abitbol can also prescribe medications to help you through periods of diarrhea or constipation.

For diagnosis and treatment managing your IBS, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. Prosper Abitbol today.


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