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IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

February 8, 2018

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 chronic pain and discomfort.

IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is a condition that involves various symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, excessive bowel gas, vomiting and sharp abdominal pain. You may have all or a combination of these symptoms.

This painful, 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, and you want it as fast as you can get it.

Most people don’t really understand IBS and what lies at the root of their problem, but what they hear from medical professionals is…“there’s a pill for that!” Wouldn’t you rather treat it from the understanding of what’s causing the problem and then by treating the symptoms as a real solution instead of running to the nearest pharmacy? Then let’s begin by understanding…

The causes IBS…

There can be more than one cause of IBS, several different mechanisms can cause your symptoms including:

Food allergies

Low hydrochloric acid production in the stomach

Low grade gut infections that are often missed during 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. This is 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.

Associated Problems

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.

Good News! There is hope for relief from IBS pain!

The key to helping IBS , 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. Once we get to the root of your personal problem, we can make a plan and start treating your IBS from the inside out…

To learn more about solutions to IBS and related problems Contact me today for a Consultation.

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