Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

You don't have to manage the discomfort of IBS on your own. Our doctors can help you find the right diet and treatment to ease your constipation and diarrhea.

You don't have to manage the discomfort of IBS on your own. Our doctors can help you find the right diet and treatment to ease your constipation and diarrhea.

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may have several gastrointestinal symptoms that can disrupt your daily routine and affect your quality of life. But you don't need to continue suffering on your own — we're here to help you.

When to Get Help for IBS

You may have IBS if you have some of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence
  • A feeling of having incomplete bowel movements
  • Gas
  • Mucus in your stool

Many different conditions can cause the symptoms of IBS. Our team of gastroenterologists will draw on their years of experience to help you find the root of your problem so you can start to find relief.

IBS Treatment at Rush

Although there is no cure for IBS, our team can work with you to address every aspect of your care with a personalized approach, from nutrition to medication to stress management. We'll help you find ways to control your specific symptoms so you can feel better again.

Our holistic approach also includes the use of alternative therapies such as phyto-pharmaceuticals to manage disorders that involve brain-gut interaction, like IBS and functional dyspepsia.

IBS Providers at Rush

Learn more about IBS providers at Rush.

Meet our IBS providers
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Rush Excellence in IBS Care

  • Fast access, flexible appointments: There's no need to wait weeks to get answers. We can often see you within one week of your request. You can meet with us in-person at locations across the Chicago area, and virtually with video visits.
  • A holistic approach to your IBS: We work with you to understand how your eating habits, stress and other lifestyle factors affect your specific IBS symptoms. Then, we can design a customized plan to help you feel better so you can return to your usual routine again.
  • A dedicated psychologist: Our team includes a clinical psychologist who provides cognitive-behavioral therapy, which can help you develop special skills to manage stress and anxiety that can aggravate your IBS symptoms. You also may benefit from insight-oriented therapy, which helps you develop a deeper understanding of your feelings and make changes so you can feel better.
  • Leaders in GI care: We want you to achieve the best health possible. It's part of our patient-centered approach at every Rush hospital, and it's one reason why U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center one of the country's best hospitals for gastroenterology and GI surgery.
  • Help for women with IBS and pelvic pain: If you have abdominal and pelvic pain, a special program at Rush can help you find the relief you need. Our pain experts incorporate a full range of treatment options, from physical therapy to minimally invasive surgery, to reduce your discomfort and improve your quality of life.

Patients with irritable bowel syndrome will frequently say that their symptoms are worse when they have anxiety or stress. ... So if we can identify ways for them to cope more effectively with anxiety and stress, that could, in part, improve their symptoms.

Sharon Jedel, PsyD, Psychologist