Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology

Gastroenterologists located in Flatiron, Gramercy, New York, NY

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that can negatively affect your quality of life. Gastroenterologists Mihaela Galica Vladutiu, MD and Karim Sayad, MD help patients in the Lower Manhattan, New York City area manage symptoms of IBS at their practice, Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology. If IBS causes you to miss out on life, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is IBS?

IBS is a condition that can involve several uncomfortable symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and excess gas. If you have IBS, you may experience all of these symptoms without any underlying disease or damage to your digestive tract.

IBS is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. These are disorders that stem from a problem in the way your brain and gut work together.

Functional GI disorders can increase the sensitivity in your gut or change the way the muscles in your colon contract. These changes can lead to diarrhea, constipation, or both.

IBS is sometimes called colitis, spastic colon, nervous colon, and spastic bowel.

Who Gets IBS?

Many people experience occasional IBS symptoms, but certain factors may increase your likelihood of developing it. IBS affects women about twice as often as men. It’s also much more common in people under the age of 50.

Other factors that may increase your risk of IBS include:

  • Having a family member with IBS
  • Having an infection in your digestive tract
  • A history of abuse or stressful events
  • Medical conditions that involve chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia
  • Digestive diseases, such as dyspepsia
  • Mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression

How is IBS Diagnosed and Treated?

First, Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad review your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. They may ask questions about the frequency, onset, and duration of your symptoms.

Most cases of IBS don’t require further testing, but if Dr. Vladutiu or Dr. Sayad suspect another health problem in your digestive tract, they may suggest one or more of the following tests:

  • Blood test
  • Stool test
  • Endoscopy with a biopsy
  • Colonoscopy

Once they diagnose IBS, the doctors work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to manage your symptoms and prevent future issues. Treatment varies from person to person, but may include:

  • Changes in your diet
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Probiotics
  • Medicines

If IBS is keeping you from work or enjoying life, call Lower Manhattan Gastroenterology or book an appointment online today.