One way or another, most everyone has heard of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), but not everyone knows how common this condition really is. At The Colony ER Hospital, we see patients routinely who have symptoms that could be related to IBS. Some of these patients present with a preexisting diagnosis of IBS. Many others, however, visit The Colony ER in hopes of discovering a cause for their symptoms. Our own Dr. Robert Holland says, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome is more common than people think and can often be tricky to diagnose.”
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that affects the large intestine and causes pain associated with bowel movements. When chronic and/or severe, IBS has the potential to pose a serious health risk. Sometimes, symptoms of IBS can be an indication of a larger health issue.
Although most cases of mild abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation are self limited and are not due to an emergent condition, episodes that are prolonged, severe or associated with other symptoms such as rectal bleeding, persistent vomiting, fever, or rapid weight loss should be urgently evaluated to rule out a potentially serious underlying condition. For patients with IBS, these symptoms can be a lifelong problem for which there is no cure. However, there are treatments available that can help alleviate these symptoms. If you think you may have symptoms consistent with IBS, talk to your doctor.
The Colony ER Hospital is open 24/7 and the doctor’s there are always available to complete medical screenings. If you’re suffering from severe and/or persistent gastrointestinal symptoms, then The Colony ER Hospital is ready to help!
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