Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist Wheeling WV

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.

David Alan Bowman
(304) 243-1660
40 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Kim Steven Wiley, MD
(304) 238-0212
2108 Lumber Ave
Wheeling, WV
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: East Ohio Reg Hosp, Martins Ferry, Oh; Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv; Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, Wv

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Dino Richard Boni Jr, MD
(724) 228-5540
2115 Chapline St Ste 105
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1970

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Rajesh M Mehta
(740) 633-4766
90 N 4th St
Martins Ferry, OH
Specialty
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine

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Dr.Matthew Rohrbach
(304) 528-4639
5170 US Route 60 # 1
Huntington, WV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Marshall Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Gastroenterologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dino Richard Boni, MD
(304) 234-8960
2115 Chapline St Ste 105
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Hepatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1970

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John Thomas Dorsey III, MD
(304) 243-0774
40 Medical Park Ste 502
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Ohio Valley Med Ctr, Wheeling, Wv; Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, Wv

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John Thomas Dorsey
(304) 243-0774
40 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Ahmed Hasan Kalla, MD
(304) 242-0282
53220 High Ridge Rd
Bridgeport, OH
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: S M S Med Coll, Univ Of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1961

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David L Fishkin, MD
(304) 263-8200
2010 Oates Drive #103
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1985

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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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