Irritable Bowl Syndrome


DEFINITION: Irritable Bowl Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Is a disorder ofthe large intestine (Colon)

SYMPTOMS: Abdominal pain or cramps, Gas with a bloated feeling, Mucus in stools, Diarrhea or Constipation

CAUSES: It’s not exactly known what causes IBS, however there are several key factors that can trigger IBS symptoms.

  1. Food : Allergy or intolerance to certain foods for example Chocolate , spices, fats, fruits, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, milk, beverages and alcohol.
  2. Stress: May aggravate IBS symptoms.
  3. Hormones: Women are twice as likely to have IBS. Signs and symptoms are worse during Menstrual period.


  1. AGE : IBS tends to occur more often in people under the age of 45
  2. SEX: Females are twice as much to suffer from IBS than men.
  3. FAMILY HISTORY: Studies suggest that people who have a family member with IBS may be at increased risk of the condition.
  4. MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER: Anxiety, depression, a personality disorder and a history of childhood sexual abuse are risk factors. For women, domestic abuse may be a risk factor as well


  1. Diarrhea and Constipation can aggravate Hemorrhoids.
  2. if you avoid certain foods, you may not be getting enough nutrients, leading to malnourishment.
  3. IBS impacts your overall quality of life leading to depression.


  1. Flexible sigmoidoscopy, Colonoscopy , X-Rays, CT Scans, Lower GI Series,
  2. Lactose intolerance test
  3. Breath Test to check for bacterial overgrowth
  4. Blood test to rule out celiac disease which is sensitive to wheat , barley and rye protein and cause similar signs and symptoms as IBS.
  5. Stool test: to check for bacteria and parasites.


Dietary changes

  1. Eliminate high-gas food: carbonated beverages, vegetables especially cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.
    b) Eliminate Gluten foods containing : wheat, barley and rye
    2. There are specific medications for IBS your SHF doctor may prescribe.
    3. Counseling: you may benefit from our on staff Psychiatrist If you have stress or depression related disorders that worsens your symptoms. As well as counseling from our Nutritionists for any necessary dietary changes.

Please consult your SHF doctors to for additional information regarding IBS.