Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is it?

  • A condition of multiple factors that cause a functional problem of the colon and hypersensitivity to pain

  • Increased mast cells, cells that release histamine and inflammation

  • IBS is often referred to as spastic, nervous or irritable colon. Its hallmark is abdominal pain or discomfort associated with a change in the consistency and/or frequency of bowel movements. Although the causes of IBS have not to date been fully elucidated, it is believed that symptoms can occur as a result of a combination of factors, including visceral hypersensitivity, altered bowel motility, neurotransmitters imbalance, infection and psychosocial factors

  • Serotonin problem causing excess intestinal secretion, peristalsis, and bloating. One school of thought is that the excess of serotonin interferes with the process of homeostasis, thus preventing the digestive system from functioning in a normal way

 

Causes

  • Alcohol

  • Lack of breast feeding

  • Dairy sensitivity or intolerance

  • Sorbitol intolerance

  • Gluten sensitivity

  • Caffeine

  • Poor diet

  • Infections

  • Genetics

  • High stress

  • Anxiety or Depression

  • Gut dysbiosis or gut flora imbalance

Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain

  • Abdominal distension

  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea

  • Constipation more common

  • Nausea

  • Fatigue

  • Anxiety or depression (not only does stress contribute to IBS developing, but symptoms can then worsen stress, creating a vicious cycle that’s hard to break)

  • Low back pain

  • Change is stool frequency

  • Change in stool form

  • Difficult passage

  • Mucus in stool

  • Bloating

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Headaches

  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth

  • Sexual problems, including reduced sexual desire

  • Body image issues

  • Heart palpitations

  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate

Tests

  • IBS is technically diagnosed when digestive symptoms have been experienced for at least three to six months. 

  • Abdominal exam

  • Full bloodwork panel that evaluates infections, organ function, inflammation, and vitamins

  • Nutrient deficiency testing

  • Digestive function testing with stool occult

  • Food intolerance and allergy testing

  • Hormone testing

Allopathic Treatment Options

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, hypnosis

  2. Chromolyn sodium for diarrhea

  3. Imodium for diarrhea

  4. Magnesium hydroxide or lactulose for constipation

  5. Antidepressants

  6. Antispasmodic drugs (Bentyl)

Naturopathic Treatment Options

  1. Discover the root cause to why your body is creating symptoms.

  2. Begin with natural, non invasive solutions to support and stimulate the body to heal itself.

  3. Support liver health to detox environmental toxins.

  4. Removes food intolerances, food allergies, and other environmental toxins that may be impacting digestion and causing inflammation.

  5. Address nutrient deficiencies which is vital for overall function and mood.

  6. Rebuild and restore digestive function, the foundation of health, with herbs, vitamins, amino acids, and nutrition.

  7. Manage stress and unresolved trauma that weakens digestion. 

  8. Support emotional health and spiritual health which are essential in overall sense of wellbeing.

  9. Teach lifestyle adjustments unique to your lifestyle and schedule that may include exercise and other lifestyle habits. Dr. Felty looks at more than your symptoms. She provides care for your whole health. Many different factors impact your symptoms. Dr. Felty will take time to educate you and work with you to feel better

  10. Naturopathic Counseling

  11. Hydrotherapy

  12. Homeopathy

  13. Referral to other healers or practitioners relevant to your health and healing.

Everyone is unique and has different reasons why they develop Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Good news is that everyone can improve their condition and activate their natural ability to heal. Dr. Felty can educate you on what your body, mind, or spirit needs to improve and heal from this. Call her office 773-472-0560 or fill out this form here to request an appointment.

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