IBS is a gastrointestinal condition caused by changes in function of the lower GI tract. Individuals with IBS may experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea.
At this time, there is no cure for IBS however Dr. Makhani provides his patients with several ways that it can be treated. Some of the treatment methods that Dr. Makhani recommends are avoiding trigger foods and making lifestyle changes such as adding an exercise program to your daily routine, along with quitting smoking. To find relief from some IBS, Dr. Makhani may prescribe certain medications depending on the patient's symptoms.
Bowel contractions in people with IBS are different in comparison to people who do not have the disorder, but the specific cause of IBS is unknown. Some experts hypothesize that nerve pathway abnormalities that serve the gastrointestinal tract may play a role in IBS. When the signals along these pathways don't flow normally or are disrupted, nerves can overreact to normal motions and signals which may result in constipation, diarrhea, discomfort or pain
IBS has been associated with several risk factors, including:
• chronic depression or anxiety
• People in their teens through their forties
• female gender (approximately twice as many females as men have the condition)
• family history of IBS, which may be related to genetic factors or environmental exposures common to multiple family member
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