Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

Bay Ridge Endoscopy PLLC

Maher Almoudarres, M.D.

Gastroenterologist located in Brooklyn, New York, NY

If you’re suffering from abdominal pain, gas, or bowel issues, you could have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Maher Almoudarres has been providing gastrointestinal diagnosis and treatments to his patients in the Brooklyn community of New York City for over 20 years. Call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online to learn more about how he can manage and care for your IBS symptoms.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is IBS?

IBS, or spastic colon, is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder affecting the large intestine.

The symptoms of IBS can vary in severity, but typically include:

  • Frequent bowel movements, usually with abdominal pain
  • Bloating or cramping, sometimes relieved by defecating
  • Bouts of constipation or diarrhea that sometimes alternate
  • Intolerance to certain foods
  • An increase in gas

If you experience these symptoms a minimum of three times a month for at least six months, it might indicate IBS.

IBS can be confused with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but it shouldn’t be. While symptoms may be similar, IBD disorders include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, which can be far more serious than IBS and have harmful complications.

What causes IBS?

While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, several factors play a role, including:

  • Inflammation of the intestines
  • Severe infections from a virus or bacteria
  • Changes in the bacteria of the gut
  • Abnormalities in the nervous system
  • Irregular contractions in the intestine

Food, stress, and hormones can also trigger IBS symptoms.

Your risk for developing IBS increases if you’re under age 50, are a woman, or you have a family history of the condition. It’s also associated with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.

Having IBS doesn’t increase your risks of colorectal cancer, but if your symptoms are severe, untreated IBS can negatively affect your quality of life.

How is IBS diagnosed and treated?

Accurate diagnosis is key when it comes to treating gastrointestinal disorders.

Following a full physical exam that includes your medical history, Dr. Almoudarres might recommend a variety of tests to accurately diagnose your IBS and rule out the possibility of more serious conditions seen with IBD.

These tests might include:

  • Blood tests to identify inflammation and other issues
  • Digital imaging tests like colonoscopy, endoscopy, and CAT scans
  • Stool tests to rule out other infections

Based on your test results, Dr. Almoudarres determines the best course of treatment. This might include prescription and over-the-counter medications, diet management to avoid IBS food triggers, cognitive therapies, and healthy lifestyle management like exercise and stress management.

To ensure that you receive the most effective care possible, Dr. Almoudarres conducts an extensive exam with each patient and recommend the best treatment plan for their conditions.

If you’re looking for solutions for your IBS symptoms, call Maher Almoudarres, MD, or schedule your appointment online today.