Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes many uncomfortable symptoms that can impact your quality of life and your mood. It’s a chronic condition that requires long-term management by a qualified professional, such as William E. Pullano, MD at his practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. New Yorkers can count on his compassionate care combined with his expertise as a gastrointestinal physician. Call or make an appointment online at Dr. Pullano’s comfortable office and start on the road to IBS symptom relief.
IBS is a chronic disorder that affects the large intestine. While IBS affects each person differently, the most common symptoms include abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, excess gas, mucus in the stool, and alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation. IBS symptoms aren’t usually severe. However, sometimes symptoms can get worse, often followed by periods of no symptoms.
IBS is more common among women and people under age 50. It also occurs more frequently in people with a family history of IBS, and those with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
The exact cause of IBS has proven elusive, but some of the following conditions are known to contribute to IBS symptoms:
In addition to these conditions, IBS symptoms can be triggered by certain foods or beverages, stress, and hormone changes (particularly during menstruation).
Dr. Pullano is experienced in treating patients with IBS. Treatment varies, depending on the severity of symptoms and the underlying causes and triggers. Some people can control their symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle, and stress level. In those cases, honing in on food triggers, participating in mindfulness training, and learning relaxation techniques all improve symptoms.
However, for those with severe IBS symptoms, Dr. Pullano treats IBS with medication. He also keeps up with all the latest medical developments in the treatment of IBS in order to provide his patients with the most effective medications available.
In addition, chronic constipation or diarrhea resulting from IBS can cause hemorrhoids, which Dr. Pullano can also effectively treat.
If you are missing work or avoiding social situations because of embarrassing or painful IBS symptoms, you need to seek professional treatment. Let Dr. Pullano provide the care you need and design a treatment plan that will help you live your life to the fullest. Call or make an appointment online at Dr. Pullano’s Upper East Side office in Manhattan and get your IBS symptoms under control today.