Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist Castle Rock 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.

Bernard Joseph Powers, MD
(303) 788-8888
10103 Ridgegate Pkwy Ste 312
Lone Tree, CO
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Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1976

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Dr.Lawrence Kim
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10103 Ridgegate Pkwy # 312
Littleton, CO
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Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1992
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Gastroenterologist
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Pete Baker
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10103 Ridgegate Pkwy
Lone Tree, CO
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Peter R Mc Nally, DO
(303) 662-0731
10332 Erin Pl
Lone Tree, CO
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1980

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Kenneth K Lee, MD
(303) 869-2121
9224 Teddy Ln Ste 200
Littleton, CO
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Gastroenterology
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Medical School: E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med, Johnson City Tn 37614
Graduation Year: 1990

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Lawrence Kim
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10103 Ridgegate Pkwy
Lone Tree, CO
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Gastroenterology

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Dr.Matthew Nichols
(303) 788-8888
10103 Ridgegate Pkwy # 312
Littleton, CO
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Gastroenterologist
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Kenneth Darcy Blake, MD
(303) 535-5350
10103 Ridgegate Pkwy Ste 208
Lone Tree, CO
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Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1983

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Bernard J Powers
(303) 788-8888
10103 Ridgegate Pkwy
Lone Tree, CO
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Sandy T Hwang, MD
(303) 869-2121
9224 Teddy Ln Ste 200
Lone Tree, CO
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Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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