Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C.

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Centreville, VA & Sterling, VA

About 12% of people in the United States have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which causes abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits. Though there are no visible signs of damage or disease with IBS, symptoms affect your quality of life. At Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C. in Centreville, Sterling, and Chantilly, Virginia, the team of expert gastroenterologists, including Lance Lasner, MD, and Nisha Chand, MD, provide personalized care for IBS, designing plans to ease symptoms and improve quality of life. For compassionate IBS care, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q&A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic digestive disorder that affects the large intestine. People with IBS have ongoing gastrointestinal symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea.

IBS is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder or disorders of gut-brain interactions. This means IBS occurs because of problems in how your brain and gut interact. These changes may make your gut more sensitive to pain or affect gut motility, resulting in the symptoms.

What are the types of irritable bowel syndrome?

The team at Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C. categorizes IBS into types based on how your disorder affects your bowel habits. IBS types include:

IBS with constipation (IBS-C)

People with IBS-C experience abdominal pain, gas, and bloating along with stools that are hard and lumpy.

IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D)

People with IBS-D have mostly watery stools on the days they have IBS symptoms.

IBS with mixed bowel habits (IBS-M)

With IBS-M, you have a combination of hard, lumpy stools and watery stools on the days you have IBS symptoms.

No matter what type of IBS you have, you may experience times where your symptoms are worse and times when they’re better. It’s also possible for symptoms to disappear completely.

What tests do I need to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome?

There’s no single test for diagnosing IBS. When you visit Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C., with concerns about abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits, the team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to find the underlying cause of your symptoms.

During your exam, they review your symptoms, usual diet, daily routine, and medical history. They perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out other digestive disorders that might explain your symptoms. 

Testing might include blood work, stool test, endoscopy, or colonoscopy.

What treatments can help my irritable bowel syndrome?

No single treatment works for all people with IBS. The nationally recognized team at Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C., works closely with you to design a plan that keeps your symptoms under control, improving your quality of life.

Some people control IBS symptoms by managing their diet, lifestyle, and stress. For patients with more severe symptoms, the team may recommend medication and counseling. 

For personalized and compassionate IBS care, call Northern Virginia Gastroenterology, P.C., or schedule an appointment online today.