You have been backed up and constipated for days. You’re lying in bed rolled up in a ball with stomach pains and low back pain. You have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and prescribed laxatives. However, they are causing a lot of bloating and cramping. You even went to emergency and got an enema. That didn’t work. Relief from constipation could be as simple as getting some chiropractic care. I have two stories to share with you. There’s very little HARD scientific … [Read more...]
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Do you have a very bloated painful stomach? Do you dread going to the bathroom because you have severe constipation and it hurts so much? Or do you have to run to the bathroom because you have diarrhea after eating? Do you get embarrassed because you have excessive gas or burp a lot?
You have gone to your medical doctor, got a colonoscopy, and ruled out structural problems in the gut like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, or diverticulitis. As a diagnosis of exclusion you have been labelled as having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This is called a guess. Next you are prescribed a medication to get rid of your IBS symptoms. Maybe it’s a laxative for constipation, or a drug to help diarrhea, or even an anti-depressant. Maybe you have been told to increase your fibre intake in the from of breads and cereals and these could be the foods that are actually causing your IBS in the first place.
Masking your gut symptoms with medications isn’t going to solve the underlying cause of your IBS symptoms. Long term medication use will turn into a lifetime of frustration, pain, and suffering. Although there is a place for medications, prolonged use of these drugs are dangerous.
When you understand the underlying cause(s) of your IBS symptoms you can treat it more effectively and get your life back. Underlying causes can be food intolerances, gut infections, overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Sometimes the nerve supply from the brain and spine to the smooth muscles in your gut isn’t working properly. Sometimes the valve between your small and large intestine doesn’t open or close correctly.
There are many causes of IBS you just have dig deeper to find the underlying cause. When you find it, there are many natural ways to treat your IBS symptoms that are safer and more effective than drugs. Treating the underlying cause of your IBS naturally will help get you well and keep you well.
In Part 1, we discussed how complex treating SIBO can be and the importance of retesting. In this article, we will focus on how to prevent a relapse of SIBO and the importance of treating and preventing fungal overgrowth which can happen after treating SIBO. The recurrence rate after treating SIBO successfully is about 50%. (1) That’s high. Unless you figure what the mechanisms are that allowed SIBO to develop in the first place, SIBO is more likely to reoccur. Treating SIBO is a five step … [Read more...]
SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is one of the main causes of IBS. SIBO can be a very complex condition to treat. Even though treating SIBO properly can result in up to an 87% success rate, there is about a 50% chance of recurrence. This is a frustrating statistic as many patients with SIBO have had a hard long road of ill health. In this article, we will explore what is required for a successful treatment outcome for SIBO and suggestions to help prevent a relapse. SIBO, as a … [Read more...]