Jonathan D Godfrey, MD

September 1st, 2017

Just the Facts…IBS Is Real

Infographic on the RHM Event

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the disorder most commonly diagnosed by gastroenterologists and one of the top ten most frequently diagnosed conditions among U.S. physicians. Symptoms of IBS usually begin in late adolescence or early adult life — most often at times of emotional stress and is second only to the common cold as a cause of absenteeism from work.

So, what exactly is IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder that affects the large intestine. Symptoms often include abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation or alternating bouts of the two. While we do not know the exact cause of IBS, we know stress, hormones among a host of other issues can increase symptoms.

This month’s Red Hot Mamas is all about IBS. Come join us on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Our topic is “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Just the Facts…IBS Is Real” We will talk about symptoms and diagnosis, causes and triggers, treatment and helpful strategies. We will also chat about how you can find a doctor who can help.

The Red Hot Mamas seminars are free and all women are invited to attend. Grab a girlfriend or two and come find out more about this unique time in a woman’s life. The seminar is in the Pebble Creek Room at Portneuf. Doors open at 6pm; the presentation begins at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, visit portneuf.org/event/rhm or call 208-239-1048. To learn more about Portneuf’s upcoming seminars, including Red Hot Mamas, be sure to like Portneuf Medical Center on Facebook.

One of the most important steps you can take in managing your condition is to find a doctor who understands IBS. The doctor should give you a valid IBS diagnosis, explain IBS, the treatments available and the impact of triggers on your symptoms. At the present time, there’s no single treatment that is appropriate for everyone and treatments may vary depending on your unique symptoms. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, medications, probiotics or other therapies; you may have to try one or two before you find one that helps.

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