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Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Does your gut serve as the barometer for your emotions? Are you always looking for the nearest bathroom? Is your stomach always cramping and bloating? Have you always wondered about gluten sensitivity, even though you were told it was not an issue because your celiac tests are negative? What about leaky gut as a cause of IBS? What if there actually were a definable, and fixable, cause of IBS?

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for any of our services or to consult with an irritable bowel syndrome doctor. Our Scottsdale integrative medical center is here to help you find this cause and get you the help you need.* Call us at (480) 418-0220 today for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

About IBS

IBS is defined by the National Institutes of Health as a "functional" gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, meaning that you have lots of symptoms relating to the GI tract, but no evidence of actual damage to intestinal cells, and no discernible cause of the problem. Our patients tell us that in their experience "functional" often means "all in your head".

An estimated 20% of Americans are affected by:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

The NIH website talks about milk products (as in lactose intolerance), alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, beans and cabbage. And then they move to pharmaceutical medications to suppress the symptoms - fiber pills, laxatives, antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, antidepressants and lubiprostone. Gluten is mentioned only as part of the family history, but not as a potential cause of IBS. Bacterial overgrowth is mentioned, but leaky gut is not.

IBS does not have to be a way of life.

Your stomach always hurts, you can’t figure out why, and neither can the twelve other healthcare practitioners you have seen. You have had every GI test known to mankind, including Xrays, CT scans, colonoscopies, all the other “oscopies” you can think of – and still, nobody has a solution except to “live with it”, recommending antispasmodic drugs for the cramping, and hope that you can find a bathroom in time when you need it.

What Are the Signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Changes in bowel movements – diarrhea, constipation
  • Sticky mucus at the end of the bowel movement
  • Gas and bloating
  • Symptoms persistent for at least 3 months
  • Negative work-up for anatomic cause of symptoms

What Can Cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Poor sleep
  • Changes in gut bacteria (microbiome)
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Overgrowth of yeasts (Candida albicans, and others)
  • Overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria
  • Chronic infections
  • Chronic toxicities (heavy metals, pesticides in foods)

What Foods Trigger Irritable Bowel Syndrome Attacks?

There are some specific food groups that can trigger IBS attacks, but these can differ between individuals. Common foods that trigger irritable bowel syndrome attacks include:

  • Sugary drinks
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol and caffeine
  • Other common food culprits – wheat, dairy, corn, soy, citrus, eggs, beef, shellfish

In order to control IBS attacks, conventional wisdom suggests that you try to eat around the same time every day to keep your digestive system regulated. In addition, if you know of certain foods that can cause you to have digestive issues, it only makes common sense to eliminate them from your diet. But that is pretty much as far as conventional wisdom goes.

If you are serious about losing your IBS symptoms, and need help figuring out the triggers, we are happy to do a free 15-minute phone consultation, to determine whether we think we can help you overcome your health challenges and regain control of your gut.

IBS does not have to be a way of life.

How We Can Help

Our medical team believes that "functional" means just that - something in the GI tract is not working correctly, and we can both find and fix the cause.* Call our Scottsdale integrative medical center to speak to one of our team at length and we can schedule an appointment. It is possible to get relief and we can help you get it!

Call (480) 418-0220 to reach our Scottsdale integrative medical center.

*Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.

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From Our Previous Patients

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