Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

GI Consultants

Bhavin Dave, MD

Gastroenterology located in Dover, DE

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal problem in the world. If you suffer from IBS, your symptoms may include serious abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. At GI Consultants in Dover, Delaware, Bhavin Dave, MD, is ready to help with diagnosis and treatment of IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that causes a range of uncomfortable and painful symptoms. If you have IBS, your gastrointestinal tract malfunctions, but isn't actually damaged. 

Depending on the severity of your IBS symptoms, you might have difficulty maintaining normalcy in your daily activities. 

What are the symptoms of IBS?

IBS causes a number of symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation 
  • Flatulence

If you regularly deal with these symptoms, talk to your GI Consultants gastroenterologist to start the diagnosis and treatment process. Whether you have IBS or another condition with similar symptoms, there's effective help available.

How is IBS treated?

IBS treatment varies by patient and situation, but it commonly includes probiotics to restore gut health. You may also take a prescription medication to reduce diarrhea, bowel spasms, and other symptoms. 

Many IBS sufferers benefit from dietary adjustments focused on reducing fructose, fructans, lactose, and other carbs. 

A diet low in fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) can help reduce your symptoms dramatically if you’re sensitive to these carbs. A FODMAP diet may also help with other gastrointestinal disorders.

What other conditions can mimic IBS?

Several conditions can have symptoms similar to those of IBS. Three conditions commonly mistaken for IBS are:

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) happens when bacteria that typically appear in other areas of your gastrointestinal tract grow inside your small intestine. Common symptoms include pain and diarrhea, so it's often mistaken for IBS. 

Treatment includes antibiotics to eliminate the bad bacteria from your small intestine. Your GI Consultants gastroenterologist may also prescribe probiotics. Smaller, healthier meals can help, too.

Small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO)

With small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO), fungi overgrowth in your small intestine causes symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and flatulence. SIFO sufferers may also experience nausea. 

Treatment includes antifungal medications, probiotics, and dietary adjustments. 

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition in which you have trouble digesting fat. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and fat in your stools. EPI sufferers may also have unintended weight loss. 

Treatment for EPI typically includes pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, supplements, and dietary changes.

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, both of which are forms of the more serious inflammatory bowel disease, are also mistaken for IBS, so it’s important to see a GI Consultants specialist for accurate diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. 

For help with IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders, trust the GI Consultants for help. Book online or by phone today.