Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common disorder that affects the colon. In fact, as many as 1 in 5 adults have displayed some signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Symptoms of IBS include cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. The cause of IBS is not fully understood but is likely related to the way the muscles and nerves in the gut respond to certain “triggers.” A trigger is a stimulus that causes a person to experience IBS symptoms. Common triggers include: certain foods, alcohol, carbonated drinks, stress and hormonal changes.

Irritable bowel syndrome can affect anybody. However, IBS occurs more frequently in certain populations. IBS is more common in people who have a family history of irritable bowel syndrome. IBS also tends to occur more frequently in women and people under the age of 45.


The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome vary widely amongst individuals. Some of the most common symptoms include: abdominal cramping or bloating, diarrhea, constipation and flatulence. Because IBS symptoms are often chronic and can mimic other conditions it is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. In general, anytime you have significant changes in bowel habits it is important to tell you doctor. Things to immediately tell your doctor about include fever, black stools, blood in the stool, severe abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea or weight loss.

Diagnosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Treatment
Irritable bowel syndrome is diagnosed when your doctor takes a careful history to see if your symptoms meet certain criteria. Often other tests will be performed to rule out other conditions before the final diagnosis is made. Once the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome is made a treatment regimen is tailored to each patient. Treatments include things such as dietary modifications, fiber supplements, anti-diarrheal medications and other types of medications.
How PlushCare Works
1. Video chat with a PlushCare doctor about your IBS or other symptoms. 2. The doctor can send a prescription and offer advice about treatment, or can even send blood or other tests to your local lab. 3. Pick up your prescription at your pharmacy, or go in to your local lab to get tested and followup with your PlushCare doctor as needed.