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

  • Blood tests for anemia, infection, and inflammation

  • Stool occult blood test

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 and infections

  4. Address micronutrient deficiencies to build up the physiology/biochemical function of the body

  5. Find out what foods you are intolerant to through food intolerance testing. Dr. Felty's patients experience relief after removing foods that bother them

  6. Repair and restore gut function with healing herbs, amino acids, and vitamins

  7. Treat infections

  8. Treat functional disorders such as too little stomach acid, hiatal hernia, ileocecal valve syndrome, gallbladder dysfunction, or pancreatic insufficiency

  9. Anti-oxidant support with clinical nutrition and vitamins

  10. Support emotional health

  11. Reduce stress and anxiety naturally through mind body techniques such as somatic experiencing, meditation,  and qigong

  12. Support physical health through breathing exercises and abdominal massage

  13. Counseling

  14. Acupuncture

  15. Hydrotherapy

  16. Homeopathy

  17. Lifestyle changes such as exercise, sleep, hydration. Lifestyle adjustments unique to your lifestyle and schedule. 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

With the help of a health care professional like Dr. Felty, you can receive personalized recommendations on how to improve your health. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss possible solutions.