Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialists

Illinois Gastroenterology Group -  - Gastroenterology

Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects between 25 and 45 million Americans every year, and while this disorder isn’t life-threatening, it can be restrictive and reduce the quality of your life. The board-certified specialists at Illinois Gastroenterology Group have helped countless patients in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, get relief from their uncomfortable IBS symptoms. If you suffer from abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating, call or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment right away.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that affects your large intestine. IBS involves a group of symptoms that all happen at the same time. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Changes in your bowel movements
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or both
  • Excessive gas
  • Mucus in stool


Many patients with IBS experience symptoms in cycles. At times you may have intense symptoms, and other times, you may experience no symptoms at all.

What Causes IBS?

There is no one cause of irritable bowel syndrome, but you’re more likely to suffer from the disorder if you have:

  • A family history of IBS
  • Changes in your gut bacteria
  • Chronic stress
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Inflammation of your intestines
  • Abnormalities in your nervous system
  • Weak intestinal muscle contractions


You may also notice that your IBS becomes worse with triggers like certain foods, hormonal fluctuations, and emotional arousal. 

How Do You Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Treatments for IBS at Illinois Gastroenterology Group aim to provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms that prevent you from fully engaging in your daily life. 

Most cases of IBS are mild and require some lifestyle and dietary changes to get under control. Some of these changes include:

  • Avoiding trigger foods
  • Eating a high-fiber diet
  • Keeping hydrated
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Sleeping enough


For more severe cases of IBS, the team prescribes medication to help control symptoms like diarrhea or constipation and abdominal pain. Some of these medications include:

  • Alosetron (LOTRONEX®)
  • Eluxadoline (VIBERXZI®)
  • Rifaximin (Xifaxan®)
  • Lubiprostone (Amitiza®)
  • Linaclotide (LINZESS®)


Each type of medication works to address different symptoms, and your specialist at Illinois Gastroenterology Group can determine which one is right for you.

The team also provides counseling to help you manage your stress in healthy ways and to relieve depression that can develop from having chronic IBS. 

If you suffer from chronic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms that get in the way of your everyday life, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Illinois Gastroenterology Group.