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Maintaining GI Heath: What Everyone Should Know About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dr. Peyton P. Berookim is a beverly hills based gastroenterologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. His office is located at 150 N. Robertson Blvd in Suite 204, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 and Dr. Berookim can be reached at 310-271-1122


Beverly Hills, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/30/2014 -- Irritable bowel syndrome, commonly referred to as IBS, is a gastrointestinal disorder that occurs when the colon becomes overly sensitive to the natural contractions help food pass through the intestines. Although many people may have heard of IBS, generally there is a lack of understanding about both it’s symptoms and treatments. If it is left untreated, the condition can cause a lot of pain and discomfort to the individual concerned as well as being a general inconvenience.

In order to obtain a diagnosis of IBS, a visit to a physician is required. Symptoms tend to have a fairly large effect on quality of life from the outset, meaning that getting treatment is imperative. The most common symptoms that are associated with the condition are abdominal pain after eating, abdominal bloating or gas, constipation, frequent or strong urges to have a bowel movement, and diarrhea.

However, these symptoms may also be the result of another condition which is why seeing a recognised expert in gastrointestinal health such as Dr Berookim of the Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California is a must. There is no single test which will directly identify IBS, meaning that the process often involves ruling out other conditions such as Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and infections. Diagnosis is achieved through testing which involves an upper and lower endoscopy. This allows for a full revision of both the upper and lower digestive tracts, which is essential in order for the doctor to prescribe the best course of action to alleviate symptoms and consequent discomfort.

The main way to alleviate IBS for many patients lies in a change of diet. Dr. Berookim advises patients with IBS to avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee which are known to stimulate the intestines. A range of different treatment approaches can be taken including anticholinergic medications, antibiotics and various drugs to relieve diarrhea and constipation. In addition, he may also recommend the use of fiber supplements to achieve similar effects.

Seeing a specialist GI doctor such as Dr Berookim is a recommended course of action for anyone experiencing abnormal symptoms in their digestive system. As a specialist in the field of Gastrointestinal health, Dr Berookim will take the time to work out the best treatment plan on an individual basis, depending on the condition that is diagnosed.

For further information about the diagnosis and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, or any other inquires regarding gastrointestinal health, Dr. Berookim and his staff are happy to be contacted directly. His team can be contacted on 310-271-1122. or through the website of the Gastroenterology Institute of Southern California.