Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist Arvada CO

IBS is challenging and painful condition that can last for years and cause a reduced quality of life. The most challenging aspect of IBS is that it can’t be definitively diagnosed using a biological or chemical test. Rather, it is a collection of varying symptoms.

Mark Allan Harrison, MD
(217) 528-7541
9950 W 80th Ave
Arvada, CO
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1983

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Paul Douglas Deneault, MD
(303) 252-4442
10001 N Washington St
Westminster, CO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ottawa, Fac Of Med, Ottawa, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1983

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Carl Robert Dahl, MD
(303) 425-2800
8550 W 38th Ave Ste 300
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1971

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Lee Kenneth Richman, MD
(303) 425-2800
8550 W 38th Ave Ste 300
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1971

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Nelson Ike Mozia, MD
(303) 467-8987
8550 W 38th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1975

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Arthur H Halprin, MD
5793 Pomona Dr
Arvada, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 6817
Graduation Year: 1973

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Bennie William Van Deest, MD
(303) 421-7152
3655 Lutheran Pkwy Ste 103
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1962

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Howard M Rosen, MD
(303) 315-2537
4200 East 9th Ave Box 158
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rijksuniversiteit Te Leiden, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Leiden, Netherlands
Graduation Year: 1961

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Michael Gary Firth, MD
(303) 425-2800
8550 W 38th Ave Ste 300
Wheat Ridge, CO
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1977

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Dr.Robert Reveille
(303) 573-9951
7000 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Gastroenterologist
General Information
Hospital: St. Anthony Central Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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IBS is challenging and painful condition that can last for years and cause a reduced quality of life. The good news is that relief is possible. Primarily by taking an integrated approach to treatment—focusing on the whole person, not just the symptoms of the disease—individuals can make effective lifestyle, diet, and supplement changes that can have profound effects toward alleviating IBS. What is IBS?

The most challenging aspect of IBS is that it can’t be definitively diagnosed using a biological or chemical test. Rather, it is a collection of varying symptoms. The primary symptoms are abdominal pain and bowel dysfunction, including gas, diarrhea or constipation, discomfort, bloating, and nausea. Most doctors diagnose IBS by ruling out other diseases and confirming symptoms. Diet, infection, and psychological stressors seem to underlie these symptoms for most patients with IBS.

What causes IBS?

Equally mysterious are the origins of IBS. Some research suggests that with IBS, the contractions of the colon that move food and waste through the intestines are abnormal, ranging from spasmodic to completely stopped. In the simplest sense, these abnormal contractions cause diarrhea and/or constipation, as well as poor digestion and malnutrition. Further, they can indirectly lead to bacterial imbalance, compromised immunity, poor metabolism, and changes in mood and hormonal activity.

Physical and mental stresses also are contributing factors, affecting contractions in the colon as well as the absorption of liquids and nutrients. People who have been exposed to psychological, physical, and/or sexual trauma in childhood appear to be at higher risk of developing IBS. Approximately 20 percent of individuals may get IBS as the result of a parasite, infection, or other inflammation of the intestine.

For those affected, the medical solutions can be disheartening. Few prescription drugs exist, and what is available can have serious side effects. For example, alosetron hydrochloride (Lotronex), a prescription medication that has been prescribed to women with IBS, can cause severe constipation and reduced blood flow to the colon. These effects have been associated with ischemic colitis, a critical condition of inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the large intestine.

Commonly used over-the-counter treatments have drawbacks as well. For example, one big mistake people with IBS make is taking too many antacids. Pain in the stomach and intestines doesn’t necessarily equate to too much acid. In fact, the opposite is often true.

A condition called hypochlorhydria, marked by insufficient levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, can cause maldigestion and symptoms of IBS. Additionally, many patients with heartburn take antacids and other medicines, which further decrease acid production and compromise the immune system. In a recent study, users of acid-suppressing medicines doubled their risk of pneumonia.

With acid suppression and chronic antibioti...

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