Irritable Bowel Syndrome Management and Treatment 

 August 27, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very commonly diagnosed condition, in fact one in five adult Americans have been diagnosed with IBS.

According to NIH symptoms for Irritable Bowel Syndrome include abdominal pain, bloating, discomfort, constipation and/or diarrhea.  Some people will have either constipation or diarrhea or alternate between both.

IBS can be a difficult condition to manage and often can go undiagnosed.  There is no specific test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  When you go to your medical doctor they will run a number of tests that may include blood work, imaging and maybe a colonoscopy.  These tests will not diagnose IBS but they will rule out other potentially more serious conditions like Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis and colon cancer.  If you have experienced persistent changes in bowel habits you should see your medical doctor.

Food such as milk do not cause IBS and if you have a reaction to dairy products you may be lactose intolerant.  The Mayo Clinic states that chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea. Carbonated beverages and some fruits and vegetables may lead to bloating and discomfort in some people with IBS.  So some foods may increase the severity of symptoms.

Stress will also cause the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome to worsen in severity.  So if you have IBS it is important to find ways to alleviate stress like through exercise.

The medical community offers no causative factor for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and offers no cure.  Studies so far say that IBS does not lead to cancer or shorten life expectancy in any way but you can be sure that you will suffer if you have it.

Familydoctor.org suggests adding fiber to your diet will help your IBS because fiber improves how your digestion works.  Soluble fiber will help diarrhea and constipation and insoluble fiber will help constipation by simply adding bulk to your stool.

I often see patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome in my office.  They will often come to see me with a low back complaint but not always.  The reason I mention this is because patients with a subluxation in their lumbopelvic spine have pain there and a dysfunction of some of the nerves at that spinal level.  Those nerves go to your legs and feet but also to your large intestine or colon, you bladder & kidneys and to the sex organs.  I have frequent success in eliminating a patients’ IBS by eliminating the subluxation and restoring the proper nerve function to their colon.  Some patients that have Irritable Bowel Syndrome have it as a side effect of Fibromyalgia and if you’re interested in reading more about that click here.

Please let me know what you think of this article.  I would love to share your experience.

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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