There are different types of irritable bowel syndrome. Some people suffer “flare ups” when things are very bad, and they have all of the typical IBS symptoms, but then go into remission for months or even years. Others, however, suffer inflammation all the time.
This is one of the most frustrating issues for IBS patients to deal with, and why reducing overall inflammation can be so effective.
The three different types of IBS
IBS-C – Everything in the colon is dry, and this causes constipation. This can create pain, nausea, stomach infections, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. We don’t know why this happens, the colon just doesn’t want to work.
IBS-D – The colon is over active and doesn’t know when to stop, and this causes diarrhea. Sometimes, this condition is caused by an over-growth of foreign bacteria in the gut. In these cases, the good gut flora is almost nonexistent. In other cases, the inflammation is so severe that the colon seems to want to get rid of everything as quickly as possible. This can cause symptoms such as unpleasant gas, bloating, anxiety, depression. Patients often need to plan their day around bathroom locations and be hyper-vigilant about food intake to avoid the need to rush to the bathroom every few minutes.
IBS-B (Dr. Burns’ classified type) – This type of IBS alternates constipation and diarrhea.
There are good days and bad days. Although there is less anxiety and depression, flare ups can last from hours to days.
Treatments for IBS
When treating IBS, Dr. Burns first goal is to understand your triggers and sensitivities. Some IBS is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, which we can test. Other patients may be experiencing food allergies or hormone issues which trigger their IBS.
Once we understand the root causes of your IBS, we can begin to treat it holistically. This often includes dietary changes, reducing stress and anxiety, supplements to help restore the intestinal lining, and herbs that reduce inflammation among other treatment options.