I had IBS for 15 years & didn’t know it – what about you?

By: Dr. Holly Fourchalk , Sep 14, 2012
  Question

What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

Many people do not realize that they have IBS.

IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Many people do not realize that they have IBS. I have actually people tell me that they have normal bowel movements – and they only pass a movement once a week!!

Stools should be:

  • a medium dark brown
  • about 9-12 in length
  • should sink
  • should be the diameter of a banana
  • you should have as many bowel movements during the day as you had meals yesterday

Over the years many different causes have been identified from psychological to nutritional to a poor gut environment.

Probably, as with most dysfunctions in the system, all of the above and many more issues can cause the profile of symtoms associated with IBS – but what to do with it.

Several conditions may present as IBS including:

  • bile acid malabsorption
  • coeliac disease
  • fructose malabsorption
  • functional chronic constipation
  • infections, i.e., giardiasis
  • inflammatory bowel diseases
  • intestinal bacterial overgrowth

The most commonly recognized symptoms of IBS include:

  • changing bowel movements
  • pain or discomfort with bowel movements

Clinically, the pain or discomfort should be associated with two of the following three:

  • start with bowel movements that occur more or less often than usual
  • start with a stool that appears looser & more water; harder or more lumpy than usual
    •improve with a bowel movement

Other symptoms of IBS may include

  • diarrhea—having loose, watery stools three or more times a day
  • feeling urgency to have a bowel movement
  • constipation—having hard, dry stools
  • three or fewer bowel movements in a week
  • straining to have a bowel movement
  • feeling that a bowel movement is incomplete
  • passing mucus, a clear liquid made by the intestines that coats and protects tissues in the GI tract
  • abdominal bloating

Symptoms may often occur after eating a meal. To meet the definition of IBS, symptoms must occur at least 3 days a month.

We have a specific protocal for IBS:

  1. allows the gut to be cleaned, in a way that does not create a deficiency in minerals and gut flora
  2. balances the pH of the gut (note the pH of the gut changes tremendously from the mouth through to the rectum)
  3. enhances the probiotics of the gut:
    ◦gut bacteria change dramatically throughout the gut
    ◦most probiotics usually just dump everything at the duodenal valve
    ◦thus most probiotics are majorly useless
  4. enhances the enzymes released into the gut
  5. enables effective removal of metal toxicity, POPs, PCBs, etc

Dr. Holly has degrees, designations and experience in almost all modalities of health (PhDs in psychology and nutrition, MA in Herbal Medicine, Ayurvedic practitioner, ASYRA & REBA Homeopathy, Eastern/Western Reflexology, Hypnotherapy and much more) she can help bring all levels of life into balance and harmony. Allowing you to live life to the fullest. www.choicesunlimited.ca