Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist Rice Lake WI

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.

Charles R Nordstrom
(715) 838-5222
1222 E Woodland Ave
Barron, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Shaibal Mazumdar
(262) 251-7500
N84w16889 Menomonee Ave
Menomonee Falls, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Susan M Lepinski
(608) 287-2680
20 S Park Street
Madison, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Louis Olsman, MR
2108 63rd St
Kenosha, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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G Kenneth Johnson
(414) 805-3666
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Zuhair H Yaseen, MD
(608) 785-0940
700 West Ave S
La Crosse, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tichreen, Fac Of Med, Lattakia, Syria (Univ Latakia)
Graduation Year: 1989

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Arnold Wald, MD
(608) 263-9689
2510 Marshall Pkwy
Madison, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Roger Walter Park, MD
(715) 387-5888
1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Hospital, Marshfield, Wi
Group Practice: Marshfield Clinic; Ministry Health Care At Marshfield Clinic

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Dr.Christopher Magiera
(715) 848-2701
413 North 17th Avenue #100
Wausau, WI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Gastroenterologist
General Information
Hospital: Wausau Hospital, Wausau, Wi
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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John P Kirchner
(715) 221-7822
1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI
Specialty
General Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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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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