There are a number of factors that may contribute to IBS, such as inadequate muscle performance in the intestine, nerve abnormalities in the digestive system, inflammation in the intestines, an intestinal infection and unhealthy bacteria in the gut, Dr. Bach says.
Certain foods, stress and hormonal changes are also thought to trigger IBS symptoms. A family history of IBS or mental health issues may also increase the risk for developing the condition. Discussion with your physician will be crucial as you work together to arrive at an effective treatment plan.
“Although there is no cure, we can help patients with diet, lifestyle changes, techniques for coping with stress and medication to help relieve symptoms,” Dr. Bach says. “There’s no need to suffer for years with IBS. See a physician if you’re having recurring bowel issues or symptoms of IBS so we can determine the best course of action for you.”