Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is Irritable Bowel Syndrome which is a condition that is diagnosed by ruling out other causes. In order to be diagnosed with IBS you have to meet specific criteria such as abdominal pain at least one day per week for the last 3 months in addition to two of the following:
- Pain with defecation
- Stool frequency change
- Stool appearance change
*Symptom onset needs to be more than 6 months prior to diagnosis.
IBS can mean pain in your abdomen associated with diarrhea, constipation or an alteration of both. IBS can be very significant and impact your daily life, meaning, you plan your day or trips around the availability of a restroom. You have so much pain you feel like you can’t safely leave your house. You are dependent on laxatives or stool softeners to have a bowel movement.
Regardless of how IBS may impact you or a loved one, it’s a big deal! The good news is, often times IBS is related to a functional concern NOT an anatomical concern so naturopathic medicine can be very helpful! IBS can be rooted in food allergies or sensitivities, it can be rooted it bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (SIBO) or dysbiosis in the large intestine or maybe stress is truly the root cause.
Finding the right doctor to help unlock the “why” behind your symptoms is important, check out Arizona Natural Medicine® today and see if one of our doctors can help you find your “why” behind IBS.