Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC
Gastroenterologist & Endoscopy located in the Upper West Side of New York City, NY
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal condition that causes wide-ranging symptoms and discomfort. Though there’s no cure for IBS, you can get relief from your symptoms with the right treatment. Board-certified gastroenterologist Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of IBS. To schedule a consultation, call the New York City office or book online today.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A
What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a chronic gastrointestinal condition of the large intestine that causes a range of symptoms that affects your quality of life and bowel habits. IBS is common; about 12% of people in the United States have it.
Though researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of IBS, some factors may increase your risk of developing the gastrointestinal condition, such as:
- Family history of IBS
- Personal history of a gastrointestinal infection
- Personal history of a stressful life event
- Gastrointestinal inflammation
- Change in gut microflora (gut bacteria)
You may also notice triggers that exacerbate your symptoms, such as certain foods or an increase in stress.
What are irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?
Irritable bowel syndrome causes a wide range of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Gas and bloating
- Abdominal pain
- Mucus in the stool
Symptoms vary in type and severity and may even be inconsistent. For example, you may experience episodes of both constipation and diarrhea with IBS.
What happens during an irritable bowel syndrome consultation?
When you visit Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC, for an IBS consultation, you can expect a personalized and comprehensive exam. Dr. Seecoomar takes a holistic approach to care and asks detailed questions to fully understand your whole body health, not just your IBS.
No single test can diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Seecoomar may request various tests to confirm or rule out other causes to explain your symptoms, such as:
- Blood test
- Stool analysis
- Upper endoscopy
Dr. Seecoomar uses the information gathered during your comprehensive history and physical to develop an effective treatment plan.
How is IBS treated?
Though there is no cure for IBS, the right treatment plan may alleviate your symptoms and help you take back control of your life.
Dr. Seecoomar takes a holistic approach to gastrointestinal conditions and may recommend diet and lifestyle changes to help you manage your IBS symptoms, such as:
- FODMAP diet
- Avoiding trigger foods
- Regular exercise program
- Stress management tools
- Nutritional supplements
If you continue to experience symptoms after making these changes, he may recommend prescription medications to manage your IBS symptoms.
Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC, wants nothing more than for you to feel better. To schedule a consultation for irritable bowel syndrome, call the office or book an appointment online today.