Burns Integrative Wellness Center

Irritable Bowel Syndrome [IBS] and Other Gut Issues

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is sometimes called the syndrome of elimination. When all else fails and all the tests come back inconclusive then it must be IBS.

This is one of the most frustrating issues to have to deal with. Inflammation of the colon can come in many different forms. People have “flare ups” when things are really bad and they have all the symptoms to having periods of remission for months to years. Then you have those who have inflammation all the time.

There are different types of irritable bowel syndrome.

IBS-C this is the one that causes constipation. Everything is dry in the colon. There is no rhyme or reason why the colon doesn’t want to move. This can create pain, nausea, stomach infections, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety, and fatigue from wanting to go to the bathroom but nothing happens. The colon hardly is up for wanting to work.

IBS-D this is the diarrhea type. The colon is over active and doesn’t know when to stop. Some times this condition can be due to over growth of foreign bacteria in the gut. The good gut flora is little to non-existent in some of these cases. Other possible explanations could be that the inflammation is so bad that the colon tries to dump whatever is in there and doesn’t want to have anything to do with the inflammation. This can also create symptoms of unpleasant gas, bloating, anxiety, depression due to that fact that you have to plan your day around where the bathrooms are or what can you eat so that way you don’t have to rush to the bathroom every 4-5 minutes.

IBS-B (I classified this one) which is alternating constipation diarrhea. This is the type that there are good days and bad days. There is less anxiety or depression but when the colon decides to “flare up” it could last from hours to days.

Gluten sensitivity:

There is still debate about if people have Celiac’s Dz or gluten sensitivity. Called non-celica gluten sensitivity. Many people say they feel better after being on a gluten free diet.

Dr. Doug Seidner MD stated that not much is known about gluten sensitivity and if maybe there is another component to wheat, rye, and etc. that is creating the gluten sensitivity. Dr. Seidner estimates that 9 out of 100 people could have gluten sensitivity.

A lot of the symptoms can be the same gas, bloating, pain, fatigue, low libido, headaches, joint pain are just a few of the symptoms.

If you were tested for gluten sensitivity and the test came out negative there is still a chance of a person having gluten sensitivity. If the symptoms still persist. It takes 21 days for the gluten to be eliminated from the body to really see how a person feels.