Do You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?  

Irritable Bowel SyndromeWhat is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Also known as IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional bowel disorder - a condition in which the bowel appears normal but does not function normally. Lower abdominal pain, and bloating associated with alteration of bowel habits (constipation and/or diarrhea) and abdominal discomfort or actual pain are the most frequent symptoms.

What causes it? 

Although the exact cause of irritable bowel syndrome is unknown, contributors may include poor dietary choices, neurotransmitter imbalances, stress, and/or infection.

What are my treatment options? 

Change in Diet, constipation treatment, enemas, laxatives and suppositories are all common when treating irritable bowel syndrome. It is best to contact your health care provider to learn what treatment is best for your individual case.

Conventional approaches:

These typically include minor dietary adjustments, laxatives if constipation is present, nonabsorbable antibiotics, antispasmotics for abdominal pain and/or tricyclic antidepressants or SSRIs for symptoms of bloating. At times, a referral is made to a psychologist or psychotherapist for stress management.

Natural alternative or complimentary options:

Stress and food intolerances are common causes of this condition. It is important to assess ones level of stress and the coping mechanims in place to manage that stress. Deep breathing and yoga classes can be very helpful in this regard however if the problems still remain, it may be necessary to consult with a professional psychologist or psychotherapist. Natural medicines such as fennel and peppermint have been shown to be very effective in calming the stomach if gas and bloating are present. Food intolerance testing should also be performed to rule in or out possible food triggers. A visit to either our Naturopathic Doctors or holistic nutritionist can get you set on the right track to being pain-free and having improved digestive health.

Resources:

Natural Standard Databases:

http://naturalstandard.com.ezproxy.ccnm.edu/databases/conditions/all/condition-irritablebowelsyndrome.asp

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