Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Specialist

For patients dealing with discomfort due to irritable bowel syndrome can find relief with Dr. Atif Shahzad at his offices in The Woodlands/Spring and Kingwood/Humble, Texas.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the intestines that creates abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. The symptoms can differ from day to day. The cause of the condition can be different for different people. IBS can be the result of digestive issues, stress, or anxiety. Those with IBS might also have uniquely sensitive intestines or problems with intestinal muscle movement. Particular foods, stress, hormonal changes, and certain antibiotics can trigger discomfort and symptoms.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

Symptoms of IBS can include:

  • Changes in bowel movement patterns
  • Bloating and surplus gas
  • Discomfort the lower abdomen
  • Mucus in the stool

A person is more likely to have the condition if these symptoms last at least six months, there is abdominal pain at least three days a month for at least three months, and if at least two of the following apply:

  • The discomfort is relieved by a bowel movement
  • The discomfort is connected to a change in how often there is a bowel movement
  • The discomfort is connected to a change in the consistency or appearance of the stool

Are there other indications of IBS?

Other symptoms which do not affect the intestines directly can be connected to IBS, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Backache
  • Headache
  • Anxiety or depression
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Sleep problems, such as insomnia, not caused by symptoms
  • Sexual issues, including pain during sex or reduced sexual desire
  • Heart palpitations, feeling as if the heart skips a beat or is fluttering
  • Urinary symptoms like the frequent or urgent need to urinate, difficulty starting the urine stream, or difficulty emptying the bladder

Symptoms usually occur after eating, during times of stress, and during menstruation. IBS is a chronic condition, however , Dr Shahzad has many options at the practice which can help a person find relief and get back to enjoying life.