Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The signs and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) vary. Symptoms may include: recurrent abdominal pains with cramping or bloating that is typically relieved or partially relieved by passing a bowel movement, excess gas, diarrhea or constipation sometimes alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, and sometimes mucus in the stool. 

Most people with IBS experience times when the signs and symptoms are worse and times when they improve or even disappear completely.

Sometimes more serious intestinal conditions can have similar symptoms to irritable bowel syndrome. Even colon cancer can have symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome. Signs and symptoms that may indicate a more serious condition include:

• Weight loss

• Diarrhea at night

• Rectal bleeding

• Iron deficiency anemia

• Unexplained vomiting

• Difficulty swallowing

• Persistent pain that isn’t relieved by passing gas or having a bowel movement.

If you think you are having irritable bowel or some other intestinal condition or if you have already been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome Dr. Whiteley encourages you to schedule an appointment to have your case evaluated.  Arrangements can be made to customize your care for your personal needs.