In gastroenterology, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a functional bowel disorder characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits which are not associated with any abnormalities seen on routine clinical testing.
It is fairly common and makes up 20–50% of visits to gastroenterologists. Lower abdominal pain, and bloating associated with alteration of bowel habits and abdominal discomfort relieved with defecation are the most frequent symptoms. The abdominal pain type is usually described in a patient as either diarrhea-predominant (IBS-D), constipation-predominant (IBS-C) or IBS with alternating stool pattern (IBS-A).
In some individuals, IBS may have an acute onset and develop after an infectious illness characterized by two or more of the following; fever, vomiting, acute diarrhea, positive stool culture. This post infective syndrome has consequently been termed “Post infectious IBS” (IBS-PI) and is acute onset Rome II criteria positive. This condition is more homogenous, being mostly IBS-D and is drawing much clinical investigation.
The range of symptoms relating to IBS is relatively broad, but the main symptom is usually abdominal pain or discomfort associated with changes in bowel habits in the absence of any apparent structural abnormality. Symptoms usually start in young adulthood.
From Dr. Rosenberg’s research and experience, IBS is closely related to other conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Sleeping Disorders. Dr. Rosenberg treats IBS the same way as these other conditions; get to the cause of the problem and not just treat the symptoms.
There are many ways that a person can get any of these conditions. It can be from a physiological, psychological or a chemical origin, so it will be our job to find out how you got to this point.
With simple dietary changes, Chiropractic and supplements, Dr. Rosenberg has achieved great success in the treatment of IBS. If there is a need, Dr. Rosenberg will consult and refer to other health care professionals to help you get well and keep you that way.
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Dr. Erik Rosenberg, D.C. – 858-279-2121