What is irritable bowel syndrome?

This question was asked in Asheboro, North Carolina on 05/21/2012.
I have had colon surgery two years ago for a twisted colon and they removed a foot of my colon. I have an extremely slow moving colon that causes horrible cramping. I have had three ct scans and every time I receive one they find no blockage but I am full of stool and bloated so bad people think I am expecting. I currently take Cymbalta also for anxiety. I have been seeing my colon surgeon but I am thinking I need to see a doctor that specializes in this field would that be a GI doctor? I pretty much think I have IBS but no one will diagnose me with it.

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 5/29/2012

Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition which effects that large intestine. The symptoms can vary by person. Most persons effected with IBS can control the symptoms with behavior and activity changes. There are times that medications are prescribed to help with symptom control. Please talk with your family doctor about the need to see a gastroenterologist for further evaluation.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 5/23/2012

If you have not had a colonoscopy, you need one. I would recommend you see a gastroenterologist for evaluation.