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IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome)

IBS affects between 25 and 45 million or 1 in 11 individuals in the US 

Are you tired of constantly battling the discomfort and frustration that comes with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

 

Have you tried countless medications and treatments with little relief? 

Have you even seen a gastroenterologist, but still don't feel well?

The majority of the patients we see have seen specialists and still have symptoms and this is where functional medicine shines. 

Functional medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare that aims to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. 

IBS is diagnosed when someone has abdominal pain and alterations in bowel/stool frequency or consistency for a prolonged period of time in the absence of other disease states.

IBS is 2x as common in women as men. 

 

Common symptoms of IBS include

  • Abdominal pain

  • Bloating

  • Cramping

  • Stool urgency

  • Constipation and or diarrhea

  • Change in stool appearance

The Biospychosocial Model

At modrn med we believe the biospychosocial model of IBS shows IBS is multifactorial. It involves physiological changes in the movement of the gastrointestinal tract along with psychological factors like stress and ineffective coping strategies.

 

Modrn believes that we must address all aspects of IBS to heal.  

 

Interaction between psychological and physiological factors associated with IBS

 

Psychosocial factors

  • stress

  • psychological state

  • Ineffective coping  strategies

  • social support

 

Physiology

  • motility

  • sensation- visceral hypersensitivity

  • altered bacterial flora

  • inflammation

 

Early life factors

  • genetics

  • environment (childhood trauma, stressful household)

  • personality type- neuroticism

 

Medications only targets the physiological component of IBS, it misses the psychosocial components that are often contributing to ongoing symptoms.

Testing

We ensure that our patients go through comprehensive testing to rule out any other causes of gastrointestinal symptoms.

 

Tests may include: 

  • stool tests for infections

  • lactulose breath test for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

  • blood work to look at inflammatory markers, micronutrients, thyroid issues and more

  • Imaging studies

  • Motility studies and more  

Personalized Treatment

Modrn practitioners take the time to get to know you and your unique health history to develop a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.

Lifestyle Changes 

Modrn practitioners emphasize the importance of lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise to support your overall health and wellbeing.

Integrative treatments

At modrn med, we have more treatment options than a conventional gastroenterologist because we also use natural remedies like herbs, vitamins and minerals in addition to medications when needed. 

We understand that every patient is different, and that's why we offer a free consultation to discuss your individual needs and create a personalized treatment plan. During your consultation, you'll have the opportunity to speak with our experienced naturopathic doctors and learn more about how we can help you find relief from IBS.

Types of IBS

GUT HEALTH COURSE

with Dr. Mary Pardee

This comprehensive course through One Commune empowers you to discover the root causes of your symptoms so you can take steps to feel better, every day.

Topics covered include IBS, IBD, SIBO, leaky gut, reflux, gut-brain connection, fecal transplants, and so much more... 

It's refreshing to have a physician that listens and fights to find the root cause vs just treating symptoms. Every aspect of my life has improved since working with Dr. Williams because she truly has a holistic and individualized approach to health. I'm given choices in our approach to treatment and have the freedom to investigate each option with a skilled professional whose medicine is based on science. In addition, Jean is always a pleasure to work with and is excellent at keeping me organized."

Stop guessing and get to the root cause of your discomfort

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