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Getting IBS Under Control so You Get Your Life Back

Irritable bowel syndrome, often called IBS, is a common condition of the colon, or large intestine. Experts now believe there is no one disease that causes IBS. Instead, many underlying medical conditions can cause symptoms in the large intestine. Symptoms can be mild or severe and often include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation. If you are one of the people for whom IBS produces more severe symptoms, you know just how much it can affect your normal life.

At AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa, our gastroenterologists (GI doctors) are experienced in helping patients with IBS find out what is causing their symptoms. Once the cause is known, symptoms can be treated or better managed. Some patients diagnosed with IBS by their primary care physician have ulcerative colitis, a serious condition that is considered inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Determining the correct cause of IBS symptoms results in more effective treatments. It also helps prevent complications that could arise from being misdiagnosed and therefore under-treated.

IBS Symptoms

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome commonly include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping that can be very severe
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bouts of diarrhea alternating with bouts of constipation
  • Changes to bowel movement frequency
  • Changes to stool appearance
  • Bowel movements that feel very urgent or incomplete, or are hard to pass
  • Mucus (clear or white) in the stool

Not everyone with IBS experiences the same symptoms, and specific symptoms often point to certain causes of IBS.

Patients with IBS typically fall into three groups of symptoms:

  • IBS with diarrhea
  • IBS with constipation
  • IBS with diarrhea mixed with constipation

How Do You Diagnose Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Arriving at a diagnosis of IBS involves ruling out other, more serious digestive conditions. If certain other factors or symptoms appear alongside those of IBS, then it is likely another condition.

Factors that almost always rule out IBS include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blood in the stool
  • Family history of certain gastrointestinal conditions
  • Symptoms that first occur after age 50

Your doctor will also use blood testing to look for other digestive conditions with similar symptoms to those of IBS. However, if it is determined that you have IBS and not another condition, your doctor will seek out the underlying cause of your symptoms.

IBS symptoms are often caused by disturbances or changes in:

  • The balance of good and bad bacteria in the large intestine (gut microbiome)
  • How well the large intestine absorbs water and nutrients
  • The role the gut plays in the body’s immune system
  • Mental health – stress, depression, anxiety, etc. – can affect the digestive system

IBS Treatment

There are effective treatments for IBS that do not require surgery. Your gastroenterologist will make a treatment plan personalized for your own experience with IBS. The treatment or combination of treatments you receive will address your symptoms and underlying cause of IBS.

Treatments for IBS include:

  • Diet changes
  • Lifestyle changes such as exercising more often
  • Mental health counseling
  • Medicines

If you have IBS symptoms, choose the care team experienced in treating patients with IBS and other conditions with similar symptoms. Call Call813-615-7557 for an appointment at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa.


Gastroenterology

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  • Acid Reflux/GERD

    AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa is a regional top provider of care for acid reflux: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and laryngopharyngeal reflux.

  • Diverticular Disease

    Advanced surgeons and gastroenterologists at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa offer the latest treatments for diverticulitis and diverticulosis.

  • Anorectal Disorders

    Surgeons at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa offer advanced treatments for hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal abscesses, anal fistulas and pilonidal disease.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Comprehensive health services are offered at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa. We are invested in your long-term health goals.

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease Experts at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa provide high level care for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

  • Stomach Ulcer Disease

    Gastroenterologists and Surgeons at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa offer expert treatments for Stomach Ulcers, Peptic Ulcer Disease and H Pylori.

  • Infusion Services

    Sometimes medicine works better when it’s injected directly into the bloodstream, which is where infusion therapy comes in.

  • Endoscopy Services

    Gastroenterologists and surgeons at AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa provide Advanced Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Upper Endoscopy, EUS, Sigmoidoscopy and more.

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Surgical Consultations For Digestive Cancer Without The Wait

Appointments Within 5 Days for Patients with Cancer

At AdventHealth Digestive Institute Tampa, we know that after being diagnosed with cancer, patients want and often need to begin treatment quickly. So we make it a priority to offer appointments for cancer surgery consultations within 5 business days, and often earlier. 

Patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer, or have just found out they have cancer recurrence, qualify for this priority access. Our surgeons will make themselves available to see you right away, even for a second opinion. We want to help you start your treatment as soon as possible.

If you have been diagnosed with a cancer of the digestive system, don’t wait. 
Call the Digestive Health Institute at Call813-615-7557.

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