Learn About I.B.S.
I.B.S. is a condition that involves various symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, excessive bowel gas, and sharp abdominal pain. You may have all or a combination of these symptoms.
What causes I.B.S?
There is no one cause of I.B. S. rather several different mechanisms that can cause the symptoms including:
Low hydrochloric acid production in the stomach
Gut infections, low grade, often missed from routine testing
Breakdown of the defensive barrier in the intestinal wall (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
Decreased stimulus from the brain to drive intestinal movement (Brain-Gut Connection)
How do I know if I have I.B.S.?
There is no one laboratory test that determines the condition but rather the symptoms fitting the condition and an absence of any pathology found from colonoscopy, unlike Chron’s disease and Colitis in which the symptoms are similar but changes in the small and large intestine can be seen in a colonoscopy.
I.B.S is a functional problem rather than a disease. Poor function is creating unwanted symptoms and is a warning not to let the condition go uncorrected because poor function can further deteriorate to the point that pathology develops.
Because I.B.S. is an inflammatory condition other symptoms may accompany the syndrome. I. B.S. sufferers may also experience reflux disorder (heartburn), low energy, headaches, brain fog, and chronic joint pains sometimes given the label fibromyalgia.
There is hope!
The key to helping I.B.S , Chron’s/Colitis is to do a more comprehensive evaluation, including specific non-routine lab panels, food allergy and gut infection testing and we need to also perform a thorough neurological evaluation to test the Brain-Gut connection
To learn more about solutions to I.B.S. and related problems watch our Chronic Digestive Solutions Video.