Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists
Gastroenterology located in Aiea, HI & Honolulu, HI
More than two million adults in the United States visit their doctor due to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and it’s the most common disorder diagnosed by gastroenterologists. If you have IBS or are experiencing abdominal pain, frequent diarrhea, or constipation, the experts at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists in Honolulu and Aiea, Hawaii offer treatment to improve your symptoms and bring relief. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & AWhat is IBS?
IBS a digestive condition that affects the large intestines. It’s referred to as a functional digestive disorder because it causes symptoms without affecting how your digestive system works.
IBS is uncomfortable but manageable. As experts in digestive health, the doctors at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists can help you get your IBS under control, so it doesn’t take over your life.How Do I Know if I Have IBS?
Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists may be able to diagnose your IBS based on your symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Frequent diarrhea or constipation
- Excessive gas
- Mucus in your stool
IBS symptoms can come and go, and you may notice your symptoms worsen if you eat certain foods or if you’re feeling stressed. Women may also experience an increase in their IBS symptoms during certain times of the month due to fluctuations in hormone levels.
While your doctor may be able to diagnose your IBS after an examination, additional testing, such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy, may be necessary to rule out other causes of your symptoms.How is IBS Managed?
The health care experts at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists offer a number of treatment options to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. In most cases, you may be able to treat your IBS by making a few changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as:
- Eating a healthy diet high in fiber
- Avoiding foods that cause gas
- Drinking plenty of water
- Getting regular exercise
- Finding ways to reduce stress such as meditation
Medications that improve the function of your colon are also available to relieve your symptoms, including alosetron, rifaximin, and linaclotide. Fiber supplements, anti-laxatives, and antidepressants may also be recommended depending on your symptoms.
Your gastroenterologist may suggest that you follow a FODMAPS diet to manage symptoms.
What is the FODMAPS Diet?
If your IBS is the result of certain types of foods, your doctor at Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists may recommend the FODMAPS diet. This diet restricts your intake of fermentable carbohydrates, which are foods that increase gas production.
Foods you may need to avoid include:
- Apples, peaches, and watermelon
- Milk and ice cream
- Mushrooms and snow peas
For expert management of your IBS, call Hawaii Gastroenterology Specialists or book an appointment online today.