Having irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can take over your life...
We know because we've experienced its debilitating effects within our family and have seen many of our patients lives improve dramatically as they recover from IBS.
IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress and can severely affect an individual's quality of life. Its symptoms can range from mildly annoying to disabling -- impinging on a person's self-image, social life, and ability to work or travel. People with IBS are more likely to seek health care for both gastrointestinal and non-gastrointestinal complaints compared to people without IBS.
Who Gets IBS?
According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, IBS affects at least 10% to 20% of adults in the U.S. -- mostly women -- and is second only to the common cold as a cause of absenteeism from work. It is one of the top ten most frequently diagnosed conditions among U.S. physicians. IBS usually begins in late adolescence or early adult life -- most often at times of emotional stress.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can vary widely among individuals, but most IBS sufferers experience some degree of chronic and persistent abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or constipation alternating with diarrhea.
Other symptoms include increased amounts of mucus in the stool, gassiness, abdominal bloating (the sensation of fullness), abdominal distention (swelling), an urge to move the bowels with the inability to do so, and occasionally, nausea. Symptoms commonly occur after eating a large meal or when you are under stress. Often, symptoms are temporarily relieved by having a bowel movement.
Anemia, bleeding, weight loss, or fever are not symptoms of IBS. People with these symptoms should consult with us or their doctor immediately.
How is IBS treated?
At Lanzisera Center, we understand how distressing stomach problems can be for you. You want a resolution of your symptoms. We want this for you too.
We take a detailed history followed by a physical examination where we evaluate you metabolically and neurologically. We look for what is causing your IBS symptoms. We found that many people with IBS have Leaky Gut Syndrome or intestinal hyper-permeability. We also may test for chemical sensitivities, an increasing concern in this country.
All in all, we find out which systems of your body are not functioning well. We then take an all-natural approach to correct these dysfunctions.
What to do now:
Contact us -- either give us a call or online with the form below. You can schedule a consultation/examination with Dr. Frank Lanzisera by calling (813) 253-2333.