Irritable bowel syndrome affects more than 10% of the world. It can come with many symptoms from abdominal cramping to diarrhea or constipation. There is no one test that can diagnosis it which leave many people looking for answers to what is plaguing them. For many IBS can come and go day by day for years or only happen only a few times a year.
When it comes to IBS there are many different symptoms and presentations. Causes of this syndrome are many and are specific to each individual.
Symptoms can include:
• Constipation (one should have at least 1 bowel movement daily)
• Changes in the appearance of stools, including texture and color (sometimes stool can be loose, change color or mucus can appear).
• Stomach bloating
• Gas and burping
• Abdominal pains, aches and cramps
• Nausea, heartburn or acid reflux
• Easily feeling full or loss of appetite
• Low back pain
Other symptoms that can be associated with or are common to IBS are:
• Decreased Libido
• Anxiety or depression
• Headaches (headaches are not a normal function and do have a cause but this is another blog)
• Body aches
• Unpleasant taste in mouth
A few of the ways that I have found triggers in treating IBS are:
• Food allergy testing
• Elimination diets
• Live blood morphology
• Testing for parasites, SIBO, H Pylori
When working with patients that have IBS, a plan has to be developed. First, you have to make sure the patient is healthy enough to test so that the body can give accurate information. In some cases a person is so sick that they couldn’t produce an immune system reaction to show food allergies and the test wouldn’t be useful. Second, find the trigger! Use whatever means is necessary to identify what is causing the IBS. For example if the patient has flares of IBS no matter what they eat look for stressful situations that trigger symptoms or times of day that symptoms occur. Third, remove the trigger. If the trigger is a food, that’s easy fix. But if it’s an infection, finding a functional medicine doctor that is trained in treating the infection would be recommended. Fourth, heal what damage is done. In many cases an IBS patent will need more than just the removal of the trigger. Commonly with IBS a patient experiences leaky gut, gut dysbiosis, and some nutrient deficiencies. It is vital to heal the gut to get the patient back to full health. For example, I have seen many patients come in after cutting out gluten and feeling 50% better but still not feeling well.
So if you believe you are experiencing IBS or other bowel symptoms there is hope and answers out here. Call 816-889-9801 and ask for Dr. Moore so we can get you feeling better.