Adelaide Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Alex see’s people with severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) on a daily basis. Most patients experience significant diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence and bloating that increase in severity over the years. These symptoms can be exacerbated by stress and food sensitivities.

Many Adelaide IBS patients have been through a merry-go-round of GP’s and Gastroenterologists who all offer the same diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS affects around 1 in 5 people yet remains a mystery to most health professionals, even those who specialise in gastrointestinal disorders. Adelaide Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most common diagnosis made by gastroenterologists and yet it’s the least known about. A syndrome is not a proper diagnosis, it refers to a group of symptoms, unlike a disease with identifiable biomarkers. IBS is not quantifiable meaning that it wont show up in a CT scan, ultrasound or biopsy, so Adelaide Irritable bowel patients get passed from doctor to doctor like a hot potato. 

Stopping with a diagnosis of IBS is far too vague as there are many explanations with solid science behind them. Alex turns to specialised lab testing to identify food sensitivities, parasites, bacterial & yeast overgrowth and intestinal permeability. Many of these specialised tests are not covered under medicare and therefore not offered by GP’s and Gastroenterologists.

Alex can see a big miscommunication happening.

“I see a big disconnection & miss-communication between gastroenterology and microbiology. Often my Adelaide IBS patients get the all clear from the gastroenterologist without looking at the microbiology of their gastrointestinal system"

After visiting doctor for years and going through a variety of tests & colonoscopy the usual suspects are ruled out such as ulcers, crowns disease and cancer. People are often sent home with a diagnosis of IBS and a prescription for heartburn/reflux medication or antidepressants, which often cause other health problems or exacerbate the IBS. 

IBS can seem like a lifetime diagnosis, but it doesn’t have to be — especially if you work with a health practitioner who specialises in complex digestive issues.

“Its absolutely essential to find the root cause of peoples irritable bowel syndrome, rather than focus on the symptoms”

Most Adelaide IBS patients feel unheard, misunderstood and alone in their suffering. Alex’s in-depth 1 hour first consultation allows adequate time to for you explain your story and often shines a lite on some critical information.

What the Science Says

Genetics and can play a large role in IBS, but we don’t know exactly how much or why. Having a family history of IBS does not mean you have to suffer from this condition, it simply means that you are more sensitive to factors that cause it.

The intestinal microbe is the pillar of gut health, so any imbalances or weaknesses increases susceptibility to IBS. We have over 100 trillion microbes in our guts that are largely inherited from our mothers during the birthing process. If a mothers intestinal microbiota is imbalanced at the time of birth, the child can inherit an imbalanced microbiome. Increasing evidence is showing that children born via cesarean and non breastfed children have significantly different microbes in their gastrointestinal system.

Studies do tell us that people with diarrhoea predominant IBS have lower levels of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. Constipation predominant IBS  show high levels of Veillonella species.

Processed food, excessive alcohol consumption, drugs and antibiotics can kill very important microbes paving the way for an imbalanced microbiome. Alex finds that rebalancing the microbiome can be the key to resolving Adelaide Irritable Bowel Syndrome.