IBD And IBS Specialist

Hagerstown Gastroenterology

Chintamaneni P Choudari, M.D.

Gastroenterology Practice & Gastroenterology and Endoscopy located in Robinwood Professional Center, Hagerstown, MD

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) both cause gastrointestinal symptoms that affect quality of life. Experienced board-certified gastroenterologist Chintamaneni Choudari, MD, at Hagerstown Gastroenterology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of both IBD and IBS. He offers state-of-the-art treatments and care to alleviate symptoms and help you get your life back. To schedule an appointment, call the practice in Hagerstown, Maryland, or book online today.

IBD and IBS Q & A

What are IBD and IBS?

IBD and IBS are conditions that affect your gastrointestinal tract. Though they may both cause similar symptoms, IBD and IBS are different conditions.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

IBD is an inflammatory condition that affects your gastrointestinal tract. There are two types of IBD, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. 

Ulcerative colitis usually only affects portions of the large intestines and the inner lining of the tissue, while Crohn’s disease can affect any part of your digestive tract (mouth to anus) and cause inflammation that travels into the deeper layers of tissue. 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a gastrointestinal condition that causes a range of symptoms that affect quality of life. However, IBS doesn’t affect the function or structure of your gastrointestinal tract like IBD. 

What are IBD symptoms?

IBD symptoms vary in type and severity depending on the type of IBD you have. Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Fever
  • Unexpected weight loss

If you’re experiencing these symptoms or any changes in bowel habits or function, contact Hagerstown Gastroenterology to schedule an evaluation. 

How is IBD treated?

Dr. Choudari develops personalized treatment plans for IBD based on type and symptoms. He works closely with you to develop a treatment plan that minimizes your flare-ups and improves quality of life. Treatment for your IBD may include:

  • Diet modification
  • Nutrition supplements
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Immune suppressant medication
  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
  • Antibiotics

In some cases, Dr. Choudari may recommend surgery to remove the diseased portion of tissue if conservative measures fail to improve your symptoms. 

What are IBS symptoms?

IBS symptoms vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas 
  • Bloating

With IBS, you may experience diarrhea, constipation, or both. Though IBS doesn’t affect the function of your gastrointestinal tract, your symptoms may affect your quality of life and benefit from an evaluation at Hagerstown Gastroenterology.

How is IBS treated?

Dr. Choudari develops individualized treatment plans for IBS based on the severity of your symptoms. Your treatment plan may include a combination of lifestyle changes and medication, and include:

  • Regular physical activity
  • Diet modification
  • Stress management
  • Antidepressants
  • Fiber supplements
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
  • Probiotics

Like with IBD, Dr. Choudari works closely with you to develop a treatment plan that alleviates your symptoms and improves quality of life.

To schedule an evaluation for your IBD or IBS, contact Hagerstown Gastroenterology by phone or book online today.