Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist Bullhead City AZ

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.

Altaf Jan, MD
(928) 763-1680
2097 E Santa Fe Dr
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Khyber Med Coll, Univ Of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Jeffrey Morito Niizawa, MD
(928) 763-2500
3003 Highway 95 Ste 63
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1988

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Robert Barnett Strecker
(760) 326-2340
1600 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Emergency Medicine

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Charles L Krone
(520) 795-7260
2380 N Ferguson Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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David Alan Tessler, DO
(480) 834-0771
334 W 10th Pl Ste 100
Mesa, AZ
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1998

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Thomas Gary Dallman
(928) 763-9505
1355 Ramar Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease, Hepatology

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Jeffrey Morito Niizawa
(928) 763-2500
3003 Highway 95
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Leon Tsai
(520) 742-4139
7566 N La Cholla Blvd
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Jay Robert Mellen
(480) 424-7228
3501 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Gary H Silber
(602) 546-1000
1919 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Specialty
Pediatric Gastroenterology

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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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