Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS treatments in Arizona

IBS Overview

Irritable bowel syndrome, aka IBS is a very common disorder affecting more than 200,000 people in the US alone. The symptoms of irritable bowel include gas, bloating, diarrhea & constipation or alternating of both. Depending on your signs of IBS, your treatment of irritable bowel syndrome will vary.

While most people with IBS have mild to moderate symptoms, a small percentage may experience severe IBS symptoms, extreme bloating or pain.

When speaking with your doctor about treatment of irritable bowel syndrome it is important to classify your IBS into one of 4 subtypes.

IBS-C is the most common form of irritable bowel syndrome, though many people ignore it as it is one of the easier types to live with.

IBS-D, irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea is less common though often it limits a patient’s quality of life dramatically.

IBS-M, or mixed irritable bowel syndrome usually starts with constipation and alternates to diarrhea.

IBS-U is the new type of irritable bowel that doesn’t have a predominant form of either IBS-C, IBS-D or IBS-M.  

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IBS Diagnosis

Whether treating IBS naturally or with medications,  IBS is diagnosed the same, that is by symptoms. There is no official lab test for IBS. The most important part of your GI examination is ruling out common more dangerous problems that can occur in your GI tract such as colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or cancer.

If your symptoms are severe enough, your doctor may order a colonoscopy and/or endoscopy prior to providing a diagnosis.

Other tests that can be used to investigate how to treat irritable bowel syndrome for you specific case include stool sample testing to rule out parasites and bacteria, food allergy testing to rule out irritating foods as well as blood tests to check for anemia that could indicate celiac disease or gluten intolerance.


Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome is comprised of 4 primary categories.

Self-care – Previously it was believed that a high fiber diet would help IBS, but in 2022 and beyond it seems that most fiber supplements, prebiotics and high fiber diets often irritate the gut even more.

Sometimes fiber can be used in an IBS-D case to bulk the stool and rarely in the IBS-C type if processed and refined food is over consumed. Most forms of low-carb diets seem to produce the best results in treating irritable bowel syndrome.

Medications – In general medications can be used for emergency situations though they are not recommended for daily use. We highly recommend herbal therapies for irritable bowel syndrome treatment.

Stress management – We have all heard of “butterflies in the stomach”. This demonstrates the connection between the nervous system and your stomach.

While it is uncommon for IBS to be caused by anxiety (though it is commonly dismissed as such), if you find anxiety and stress correlates with your symptoms you may be able to implement exercise, meditation and relaxation to support your treatments of irritable bowel syndrome.

Natural Treatment – Natural irritable bowel syndrome treatments are one of the best options for mild, moderate and severe IBS. With the use of traditional Chinese herbs, there are almost endless options to address complex irritable bowel syndrome issues.

Also a natural IBS treatment looks at a the whole person and may include addressing inflammation throughout the body, optimizing the immune system and supporting liver detoxification.

Food Sensitivities – Many GI specialists, aka gastroenterologists, will test for Celiac disease related to IBS treatments. If nothing is noted, sometimes a patient will be sent to an allergy specialist for IBS treatment.

IgG food panels can be run for food sensitivities and IgE food panels are run for food allergies associated with IBS. Environmental allergies are more prevalent in individuals with IBS, but treating IBS with environmental allergy treatments doesn’t correlate with better clinical outcomes.


IBS Specialists

While there is not one specific group of doctors that are only responsible for treatment irritable bowel syndrome, there are doctors that you should see for IBS treatment. Your primary care doctor will first see you to provide basic options for IBS treatment. Next, your gastroenterologist will be there to rule out more serious complications from IBS.

Natural treatment for IBS, is the best option as a combination of functional medicine and traditional holistic medicine can often help get to the root of why you have IBS and help you know how to naturally treat IBS.


IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diet

For many years, a high fiber diet for irritable bowel syndrome management was recommended though through research and experimentation, most GI specialists are finding the FODMAP diet to be most beneficial to improving IBS symptoms. Some studies show that the FODMAP diet can improve IBS symptoms in up to 76% of patients.

The FODMAP Diet For IBS Treatment

The FODMAP is a diet avoiding specific carbohydrates that do not absorb well in the digestive tract. These carbohydrates are oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. While using the FODMAP diet to treat IBS naturally is a good option, we find that when we discover the cause of IBS in each person, the diet is rarely necessary as their digestive health improves.



IBS-D (IBS with diarrhea)

IBS diarrhea treatment is one thing we love to focus on in our clinic.. IBS-D treatment more often effects the large intestine, though irritation can often be felt throughout the entire digestive tract.

An under-recognized form of IBS-D is something called bile acid diarrhea or bile acid malabsorption. Bile acid malabsorption can be suspected if you have a green bowel movement or more commonly, multiple green bowel movements in a day.

Urgency is the key to this condition as it can lead to functional bowel incontinence. Functional incontinence is not incontinence of “old age” but rather incontinence due to cramping, urgency and loose stools or diarrhea.

We have specialized treatments for both bile acid malabsorption and treatment for IBS with diarrhea.

IBS-C (IBS with constipation)

IBS with constipation is a condition that is often diagnosed or identified in young children as well as teenagers. Hard, difficult to pass stools are the most common presentation.

Treatment for IBS with constipation consists of identifying food triggers and decreasing colon inflammation. The FODMAP diet also often works to treat IBS constipation because it helps to reduce the water retention of the digestive and thus allows the stool to pass more easily.

SIBO Treatment and IBS Treatment

No treatment for IBS is complete without first investigating SIBO! What is SIBO? SIBO is small intestine bacterial overgrowth. The happens when bacteria in the large intestine enters the small intestine and start to alter digestion. If there was ever a cure for IBS, SIBO treatment would e the closest to it.

The symptoms of SIBO match many of IBS and the treatment of SIBO and the treatment of IBS can often overlap for mutual benefit. The most common symptoms of both IBS and SIBO include abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Nearly 80% of irritable bowel syndrome patients also have small intestine bacterial overgrowth! This means that 8/10 people should be looking for the best SIBO doctor.

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Serving Scottsdale, AZ – Mesa, AZ, and nearby areas – Here is the list of city postcodes our patients come from in Arizona, USA
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