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What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that causes the colon to function improperly. It is prevalent in people of all ages and affects roughly 5 million Americans. Although IBS doesn’t damage the digestive tract or cause other health problems, its symptoms are uncomfortable, embarrassing and life-changing. And they may be a sign of some other, more serious disorder.

The symptoms of IBS include:

  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Difficult, infrequent or altered bowel habits
  • Diarrhea or frequent loose stools
  • Gas & bloating
  • Mucus in stool
  • Pellet-shaped or ribbon-shaped stool

What is IBD?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of disorders that cause swelling and inflammation in the intestines and affect as many as 1 million Americans. Often confused with IBS, IBD refers to two chronic diseases:

  • Ulcerative colitis affects the inner lining of the large intestine (colon), causing it to
    become inflamed and develop ulcers.
  • Crohn ’s disease can affect any part of the GI tract and causes inflammation that
    extends deeper into the intestinal wall than with ulcerative colitis.

Symptoms of IBD can include:

  • Mild to severe diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rectal bleeding, sometimes leading to anemia
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss, dehydration & malnutrition
  • Possible delayed development & stunted growth in children

Diagnosing IBS & IBD.

The causes of IBS and IBD are not known, and diagnosis of both disorders is challenging. A diagnosis of either IBS or IBD requires the ruling out of other potential causes of symptoms. Medical history, physical examination, blood tests and other exams, including upper and lower endoscopy, help gastroenterologists diagnose and differentiate these disorders. Research, clinical trials and new protocols are also available.

For an accurate diagnosis & effective treatment, trust skilled, experienced care.

At Gastroenterology Consultants, our board-certified gastroenterologists have the skill, capabilities and expertise to diagnose and differentiate IBS and IBD. Most importantly, we help relieve your symptoms and treat any underlying problems with the compassion, personal dedication and heartfelt concern you deserve. Get the relief you need. Call us today.

For top-quality, up-to-date care for gastrointestinal problems, trust the board-certified, experienced GI specialists trusted by thousands of patients and their doctors for nearly 30 years. Our IBS and IBD patients come to us from Webster, Pasadena, Pearland, Houston, Nassau Bay and nearby locations. Call Gastroenterology Consultants at (281) 481-9400 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us.

Gastroenterology Consultants


444 FM 1959, Suite A,
Houston, TX 77034
Direct Phone: 281-481-9400

St. John

2060 Space Park Drive, Suite 306
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
Direct Phone: 281-892-2460

Clear Lake

250 Blossom Street, Suite 210 Webster, TX 77598
Direct Phone: 281-316-1119


4211 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77504
Direct Phone: 832-456-8434


15015 Kirby Dr. Ste.200A
Pearland, TX 77047
Direct Phone: 713-343-6360

League City

2555 S. Gulf Freeway Ste. 500
League City, TX 77573
Direct Phone: 281-481-9400

Gastroenterology Consultants is a leader in advanced, comprehensive gastrointestinal care. We specialize in up-to-date gastrointestinal care, which includes screening and treatment for colon cancer, heartburn and acid reflux, esophageal disorders and difficulty swallowing, peptic ulcers, H. pylori, gallstones and other gallbladder disorders, rectal bleeding and hemorrhoids, malabsorption and celiac disease, liver diseases - hepatitis C, hepatitis B, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, hepatoma and liver cancer, abdominal pain, noncardiac chest pain, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, anemia, nausea and vomiting, gas and bloating and lactose intolerance

Gastroenterology Consultants also offers colonoscopy screening for colorectal cancer, EGD & capsule endoscopy small-bowel, endoscopic ultrasound, Bravo 48-hour pH monitoring, H. pylori breath testing, esophageal manometry and impedance testing, hemorrhoid band ligation, esophageal dilatation, advanced therapeutic ERCP, Biologic therapy, treatment of Barrett's esophagus, common bile duct stones and endoscopic mucosal resection.