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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Atia Shireen Hashim, MD
(414) 416-5111
2224 W Wisconsin Ave Apt 208
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Arthi Sanjeevi, MD
14040A Ranch Road #A
Brookfield, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Michael Leslie Allan, MD
2237 Eton Rdg
Madison, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1997

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Cesar A Chan Jr, MD
(262) 251-7500
N 84 West 16889 Menomonee Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cebu Doctors Coll Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1989

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Patricia A Kuzma-Sell
(715) 221-7822
1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Patricia Ann Kuzma Sell, MD
(715) 387-5476
1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Hospital, Marshfield, Wi
Group Practice: Ministry Health Care At Marshfield Clinic

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Scott William Rathgaber, MD
608-782-7300 ex 2970
1900 South Ave
La Crosse, WI
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1988

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Scott W Rathgaber
(608) 782-7300
1836 South Ave
La Crosse, WI
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Fritz-Henry Volmar
(715) 858-4446
2116 Craig Road
Eau Claire, WI
Specialty
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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