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Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

A condition with recurring episodes of abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation. IBS is diagnosed when no clear cause can be found despite investigations. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but stress and certain foods are known to cause flare-ups.

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Feeling uncomfortably bloated after meals

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Abdominal pain

  • Diarrhea followed by constipation, or vice versa

  • Diarrhea commonly occurs before going to school

  • Abdominal pain which improves after passing stool

  • Pass motion more frequently when there is abdominal pain

  • Passing loose stools when there is abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Do you feel bloated after meals?

  • Do you frequently feel the need to have a bowel movement but can't?

  • Do you have a stomach ache?

  • Do you have alternating diarrhea and constipation?

  • Do you have morning diarrhea before school?

Treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS is treated by avoiding triggers and alleviating symptoms. Identifying triggers like dairy, beans, fried food, or stress may help. The doctor may prescribe medications to relieve symptoms of diarrhea or stomach cramps. A FODMAPs diet may also be effective.

View the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Abdominal pain

References

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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5495893/

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  • Altomare A, Di Rosa C, Imperia E, Emerenziani S, Cicala M, Guarino MPL. Diarrhea Predominant-Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D): Effects of Different Nutritional Patterns on Intestinal Dysbiosis and Symptoms. Nutrients. 2021 Apr 29;13(5):1506. doi: 10.3390/nu13051506. PMID: 33946961; PMCID: PMC8146452.

    https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/13/5/1506

  • Nee J, Lembo A. Review Article: Current and future treatment approaches for IBS with diarrhoea (IBS-D) and IBS mixed pattern (IBS-M). Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2021 Dec;54 Suppl 1:S63-S74. doi: 10.1111/apt.16625. PMID: 34927757.

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Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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