Is IBS an Autoimmune Condition?
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common condition that is marked by abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas and diarrhea or constipation, or both. Oftentimes treatment involves just managing the symptoms with prescription medications and it is on-going for several years. But recently, research has found that there is an autoimmune component to IBS. This is called post-infectious IBS. A bout of food poisoning (bacterial gastroenteritis) can result in the development of antibodies that attack the nerves in the small intestine. This causes the movement in the small intestine to become sluggish and results in bacterial overgrowth. If you have experienced the symptoms of IBS after having food poisoning, you can be tested for bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (SIBO) through a breath test. Treatment is available to reduce the bacteria and help eliminate or improve the symptoms of IBS. Contact Arizona Natural Medicine to speak to a physician about testing and treatment available for IBS and SIBO.