Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Condition Description

A condition characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort, gas, belching, bloating, distention, constipation, diarrhea or constipation alternating with diarrhea. To the individual, there appears to be no apparent cause.

Common Symptoms

  • Recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort that may be relieved with bowel movement
  • Gas, belching, or bloating
  • Abdominal distention
  • Diarrhea or constipation alternating with diarrhea

Underlying Causes

  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Food allergies
  • Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)
  • Deficiency of digestive enzymes
  • Bacterial and/or parasitic infections

Traditional Approach

  • Treatment is primarily symptomatic
  • Laxatives for constipation and anti-diarrheals for diarrhea
  • For alternating constipation and diarrhea, laxatives during the constipation phase and loperamide during the diarrhea phase
  • Antispasmodics like dicyclomine or hyoscyamine for patients with abdominal pain or bloating

EHAC Approach

  • Test for and treat yeast overgrowth
  • Test for and treat any food allergies (including hidden food allergies)
  • Review patient history and if hypochlorhydria is suspected, treat it empirically
  • Review patient history and if history is suggestive of deficiency in digestive enzymes treat it empirically
  • Test for and treat any bacterial and/or parasitic infections
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