Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist Lancaster OH

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.

Gordon Kim, DO
(740) 654-8600
2405 N Columbus St Ste 260
Lancaster, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1997

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Laurence Kobina Entsuah
(740) 681-9575
111 Harmon Ave
Lancaster, OH
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Laurence Entsuah, MR
(740) 681-9575
111 Harmon Ave
Lancaster, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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John R Loughrey
(513) 681-8800
2450 Kipling
Cincinnati, OH
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Richard Alan Edgin, MD
(614) 459-4255
4320 Woodhall Rd
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1976

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Adam Charles Tzagournis, MD
(740) 654-8600
2405 N Columbus St Ste 260
Lancaster, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1993

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Tasos Manokas, DO
(614) 293-8459
2405 N Columbus St Ste 260
Lancaster, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1993

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Michael Tzagournis, MR
(740) 654-8600
2405 N Columbus St Ste 260
Lancaster, OH
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kevin Thomas Geraci
(216) 381-8109
1611 S Green Rd
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Monica N Ray
(216) 844-8500
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
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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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