Why IBS is a Syndrome?

With today’s health trends, it seems like every other person is either gluten free, dairy free, vegan, or any variety of “name a food” free. And although these may seem like short-lived fads, many of these dietary restrictions can help a person’s digestive process. In fact, adjusting your diet is one way to prevent the dreaded and often talked about irritable bowel syndrome.

What Is IBS?

Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome really a syndrome? IBS is classified as a syndrome because there are multiple diagnoses. Doctors do not know the syndrome’s cause, although physicians understand that the symptoms of IBS are usually brought on by triggers from certain foods or even high levels of stress. After someone who is sensitive to these triggers encounters them, it is likely that they will experience discomfort in the stomach area.

How Is IBS Diagnosed

IBS can only be diagnosed by identifying symptoms. Symptoms of this condition can include

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Bloated Feeling
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Gas

All of this happens because of a malfunction in the intestines. The muscles that are within the walls of the intestines will contract and relax in a way that works to move food from your stomach to the rectum. With irritable bowel syndrome, the contractions malfunction, causing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome to occur. A common solution to irritable bowel syndrome is a change in diet, so it may be wise to incorporate the latest health “trends” into your life.

Dr. Jeffrey Linder is a Dallas Gastroenterologist practicing at Digestive Health Associates of Texas. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Gastroenterology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Linder has two convenient locations in Dallas and Richardson offering state of the art techniques in gastrointestinal problems. Named Top10MD in 2016 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeed within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Linder, click on his profile or call his office at 214.941.6891