What You Don’t Know About IBS
There’s an old saying “What you don’t know won’t kill you”, but with IBS, what you don’t know is causing your pain and discomfort.
IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, 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.
This painful, yet common condition, afflicts more than 3 million people each year. If you’re one of those 3 million, you want real relief from the pain and symptoms. Most people don’t really understand IBS and what lies at the root of their problem, but what they have heard is…“there’s a pill for that!” Wouldn’t you rather treat it from knowledge of the problem and its solution instead of running to the nearest pharmacy? Then let’s begin by understanding…
What causes IBS?
There is no one cause of IBS 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 IBS?
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.
IBS 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 IBS is an inflammatory condition other symptoms may accompany the syndrome. IBS sufferers may also experience reflux disorder (heartburn), low energy, headaches, brain fog, and chronic joint pains sometimes given the label fibromyalgia.
There is hope for relief of IBS pain!
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
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