Irritable Bowel Syndrome - By Dr. Santa Nandi

Dr. Santa Nandi Gastroenterologist Hicksville, NY

Dr. Santa Nandi is a gastroenterologist practicing in Hicksville, New York. Dr. Nandi specializes in the digestive system and its diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract, which include organs from the mouth to the anus as well as liver disorders. Gastroenterology includes conditions such as hepatitis, peptic ulcer... more

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also referred to as IBS, is a very common disorder, and one of the leading causes for consulting a Gastroenterologist. While IBS can affect both men and women, it has been found to be significantly more prevalent in women. Symptoms typically include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and gas with distention, diarrhea or constipation, and mucus in the stool.

This is also known as a functional bowel disorder. There are no structural abnormalities noted on examination however, a variety of physiological disturbances in gastrointestinal functioning are  deemed responsible for the symptoms of this very common condition.

IBS is often aggravated by specific foods, high stress levels and hormonal changes. Eliminating certain food items have been found to help significantly. These items are collectively known as FODMAP. These mostly include fermentable sugars found commonly in processed foods.

IBS and its symptoms can have a significant effect on a person’s life, being closely associated with disorders such as depression and anxiety. It is often a common cause for missing days at school and work. and it can prevent a person from participating in social events.

Irritable bowel syndrome can mimic several other conditions, which sometimes must be ruled out first. Celiac disease which is an allergy to gluten, Lactose intolerance, and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases can present with similar symptoms. In the right age group, or in the presence of rectal bleeding, anemia, weight loss, or a family history of cancer, your Gastroenterologist may find it necessary to first rule out the presence of a more serious condition.

Once IBS is confirmed treatment options are aimed at symptom relief. Your physician may prescribe medication to control your symptoms. It is essential for you to work closely with your physician to find out which medications work best for your specific type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.