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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialists

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Gotham Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn, NY

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects between 25 and 45 million Americans. It’s characterized by troubling digestive symptoms, such as gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. The skilled team at Gotham Gastroenterology, with locations throughout New York City in the Midtown East and Financial District neighborhoods of Manhattan, New York, and Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, offers a comprehensive evaluation if you have IBS-like symptoms and provides a wide array of treatment options to help you find relief. Call the nearest office of Gotham Gastroenterology for an appointment or book online.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic medical condition that affects your large intestine and causes digestive distress. IBS can affect both men and women. Women are most commonly affected, making up 60-65% of diagnoses, possibly due to hormonal issues. 

IBS typically develops at an early age, with most cases starting well before age 50.

What are the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome varies greatly in severity. Some people might experience only mild pain and symptoms, while others experience debilitating stomach pain and problematic issues that negatively affect their quality of life.

People with IBS may experience any of the following:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Bloating
  • Excess gas
  • Mucus in the stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Symptoms of IBS can flare up for a time then go into remission. They’re unpredictable too; you may experience a bout of diarrhea followed by constipation, for example. If your symptoms disrupt your daily life and cause you discomfort, call Gotham Gastroenterology for an evaluation and treatment.

What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Exactly why some people develop irritable bowel syndrome isn’t fully understood. The condition likely results from a disturbance in the way your gut, brain, and nervous system interact.

Some of the potential reasons for IBS include:

  • Strong or weak contractions in your intestine
  • Low stomach acid
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Gut dysbiosis
  • Food sensitivities or allergies
  • Increased intestinal permeability
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Bacterial changes in your intestines

Stress and hormonal changes may also affect IBS.

At Gotham Gastroenterology, the doctors work to determine what might be causing your IBS so they can help develop a treatment plan to bring your relief.

How is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treated?

The doctors may suggest several treatments for IBS, which include:

  • Dietary changes, including low-FODMAP and gluten-free diets
  • Healthy lifestyle changes, such as stress and sleep management and regular exercise
  • Natural and prescription medications

The doctors design an individualized treatment plan to suit your unique health needs and personal preferences.

Protect the health of your digestive system and get relief from symptoms of IBS. Schedule an appointment at Gotham Gastroenterology over the phone or online today.