offered in Ewing, Hamilton Township, Brick Township, Robbinsville and Matawan, NJ
With a prevalence of 25 to 45 million individuals in the United States, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) stands as the most prevalent functional gastrointestinal disorder. At AZZ Medical Associates, a team of experienced gastroenterologists specializes in diagnosing and treating IBS. Conveniently located in Brick Township, Hamilton Township, and Ewing, New Jersey, the practice offers comprehensive care for patients with IBS. To receive expert medical attention, schedule an appointment with AZZ Medical Associates by calling their office or booking online today.
IBS, a gastrointestinal disorder, manifests with two main symptoms: abdominal pain and alterations in bowel habits. This condition can lead to episodes of constipation, diarrhea, or a combination of both.
Abdominal pain experienced by individuals with IBS can vary in intensity, but it is commonly described as a persistent, dull ache that is occasionally accompanied by sharp pain. The pain typically affects the lower abdomen and tends to alleviate after a bowel movement.
Alongside diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain, individuals with IBS may encounter other symptoms, including:
– Halitosis (bad breath)
– Increased frequency of urination
– Nausea or vomiting
– Muscle pain
It is common for IBS patients to have periods of remission between episodes of symptom flare-ups. These flare-ups can be triggered by various factors such as certain foods, alcohol, stress, allergies, and hormonal changes.
Diagnosing IBS is primarily based on the identification of its symptoms, as there are no specific diagnostic tests for the condition. At AZZ Medical Associates, your gastroenterologist carefully assesses your symptoms, conducts a thorough examination, and may recommend diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.
During your visit to AZZ Medical Associates, you may undergo tests to check for conditions such as celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or other food-related or environmental allergies that could contribute to or exacerbate your symptoms. These tests help in ruling out other potential causes and narrowing down the diagnosis.
The healthcare professionals at AZZ Medical Associates recognize the significant impact that IBS can have on your overall well-being. They collaborate with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses the following approaches:
Many individuals with IBS experience symptom improvement by making dietary adjustments, such as increasing fiber intake or adhering to a specialized diet. Your provider also assists you in identifying any underlying food or environmental allergies that might trigger your flare-ups, devising a tailored plan to help you avoid them.
Your physician may prescribe medications that target your specific symptoms. In cases where other treatment methods have proven ineffective, certain patients may be suitable candidates for medications that address severe diarrhea, reduce bacterial overgrowth, or alleviate constipation. However, it’s important to note that these medications can potentially cause side effects and may not be suitable for all individuals with IBS.
If you are experiencing symptoms of IBS, please contact AZZ Medical Associates or conveniently schedule an appointment online to receive the care and support you need.