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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Murtaza Arif, MD -  - Gastroenterology

Katy Digestive Center

Murtaza Arif, MD

Gastroenterology located in Katy, TX

When abdominal cramping and frequent bloating cause discomfort or pain, you may have a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome. At Katy Digestive Center in Katy, Texas, Murtaza Arif, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist, offers on-site evaluations for irritable bowel symptoms. Dr. Arif also provides comprehensive treatment plans using medications and lifestyle modifications to provide you relief of pain and other symptoms. Schedule a consultation today, online or by phone, to learn more about irritable bowel syndrome treatment options.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic digestive disorder that affects the health of the intestine. The condition causes abdominal pain and cramping that can be severe enough to interfere with your life.

The exact cause of IBS isn’t clear, but there are several factors that can increase your risk for developing the condition.

Possible triggers for irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Nerve dysfunction
  • Excess intestinal muscle contractions

You may also develop IBS if you have family members with the condition or if you are under excess stress or have anxiety issues.

What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

Unexplained abdominal pain is often the first indication you have irritable bowel syndrome. In addition to pain, you may experience excess abdominal bloating or cramping. Diarrhea and constipation are also common symptoms of IBS, and you may have frequent gas.

In some cases, symptoms of IBS can worsen without treatment. However, if you have changes in your bowel habits or you experience severe pain or rectal bleeding, schedule a consultation with Dr. Arif as soon as possible.

What is the process for diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome?

During your initial consultation for IBS, Dr. Arif reviews your personal and family medical history. He also discusses what your symptoms are and how frequently you experience pain, cramping, and other IBS-related symptoms.

There aren’t specific tests to diagnose IBS, and Dr. Arif bases his treatment on your symptoms. He may perform a colonoscopy or request an imaging test to rule out other medical conditions that can cause symptoms similar to IBS.

What treatment options are available for irritable bowel syndrome?

Your custom treatment plan focuses on the symptoms that disrupt your routine. Initially, Dr. Arif may suggest dietary changes to eliminate foods that potentially trigger IBS symptoms. You should also incorporate enough fiber in your diet to prevent constipation and drink lots of water each day to stay well-hydrated.

You may need to limit gas-causing foods from your diet, including:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Raw fruits
  • Certain vegetables

Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, like celiac disease, you may need to avoid foods that contain gluten, including barley and wheat.

Dr. Arif may recommend medications to relieve gas pain and bloating. Fiber supplements may be necessary to reduce constipation, and anti-diarrhea medications can control diarrhea and bloating. Dr. Arif may also recommend IBS-specific medication therapy that relaxes the colon and improves your digestive health.

Schedule your consultation for irritable bowel syndrome by calling the office today or use the online booking feature.