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Going to the Emergency Room for IBS
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Going to the Emergency Room for IBS

When to Seek Emergency Care for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder affecting millions worldwide. It is a disorder that can cause discomfort, pain, and other unpleasant symptoms. However, not all symptoms of IBS require emergency medical attention. Here are three specific situations when going to the emergency room for IBS is necessary.

1. Severe Abdominal Pain Accompanied by Fever

If you experience severe abdominal pain, bloating, or cramping that is accompanied by a fever, it could be a sign of a more severe condition.

These symptoms could indicate an infection or inflammation in your digestive tract, and it's best to seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.

2. Persistent Vomiting or Diarrhea

While it is common for people with IBS to experience occasional diarrhea or constipation, persistent vomiting or diarrhea can lead to dehydration and other complications. If you have IBS and are experiencing these symptoms, especially if they last more than a day or two, it's essential to go to the emergency room.

3. Rectal Bleeding or Anemia

Rectal bleeding is not a typical symptom of IBS, and it could indicate a more severe problem, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or colorectal cancer. Additionally, if you have iron deficiency anemia (low iron levels in the blood) along with your IBS, it could also be a sign of severe intestinal bleeding. You should seek emergency medical attention right away.

Seeking Emergency Care for IBS

While IBS symptoms can be painful and distressing, not all require emergency medical care. However, it is vital to be aware of the symptoms that do require immediate attention. If you experience any of these symptoms, seeking emergency medical care at one of our Excel ER locations as soon as possible will help alleviate the symptoms mentioned in this blog.


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