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How Do You Know If You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

how do you know if you have irritable bowel syndromeCramps in your stomach? Diarrhea and/or constipation? Gas or bloating? Sudden, urgent needs to use the bathroom? How do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive issues?

If these sound familiar, you might be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

IBS is a collection of chronic gastrointestinal symptoms. It’s very common—about 10% of Americans experience IBS during their lifetimes—but is frequently misdiagnosed because symptoms and triggers vary broadly. See more IBS facts here.

Unfortunately, this means many patients can see doctor after doctor, “have tried everything,” and still live with symptoms.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have IBS

Abdominal pain

Cramps can strike suddenly and without warning. Sometimes they can last multiple days, making it almost impossible to do anything but lie in bed and occasionally dash to the bathroom. Unfortunately, these pains are extremely common symptoms of IBS.

Diarrhea

Another common symptom of IBS, struggling with diarrhea can make it feel like you’re living your whole life racing to the bathroom. Some find that certain foods trigger diarrhea—but many more people struggle with a completely unpredictable, stressful bowel.

Constipation

On the other end of the spectrum, constipation can be just as frustrating. In the ultimate irony, many people struggle with both diarrhea and constipation—switching from one to the other, and rarely experiencing a moment of relaxation and peace.

Feeling Bloated

Another common symptom is feeling bloated and sick for no discernible reason, and being unable to successfully release the pressure.

Nausea after eating a normal-size meal

If you feel sick after eating, for seemingly no reason, you know how terrible it feels. Unfortunately, far too many people have walked away from nice family meals feeling awful. This common IBS symptom is one of the most public and most excruciating.

How do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive issues?

If you’re one of millions of people experiencing these symptoms, you may have IBS. Fortunately, our team of experts has helped thousands of people cure their IBS for good. We’ll help you get out of the bathroom and back to your life.

Contact Us Today

The IBS Treatment Center has the highest success rate for curing IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) of any medical facility in the United States. With clinics in Seattle and Los Angeles, we help patients around the world get the answers they’ve been looking for. Schedule your appointment online or call the IBS Treatment Center today at 888.546.6243 to find out how you can cure your IBS symptoms for good!

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IBS Treatment Center: Thousands of IBS Patients – Remarkable Results

ibs patient resultsOur highly skilled doctors have helped more than 5,000 patients and have a remarkably high success rate of more than 80%. The national average of successful IBS treatment is much lower than our success rate. Simply put, what we do works – and it works well – and it works for most patients with IBS. Our treatments work so well because our practice is focused solely on IBS. We were founded more than a decade ago and were honored as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors in 2015.

Every patient is unique and we get that. We will find out what’s causing your digestive issues and correct them so you can live your life without discomfort, embarrassment, or worry. Even if you’ve seen other gastroenterologists and specialists but had no improvement, come see us. We succeed where other doctors have failed. Our patients love us because we give them their lives back – imagine your life without IBS symptoms.

You Can Be Free of IBS for Life

Dr Wangen has been free of his IBS for 20 years and that’s his goal for every patient that comes into the IBS Treatment Center.

Most of our patients have sought treatment from other doctors with poor outcomes. Don’t give up. We have had success with patients who went to top clinics such as Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, and the Cleveland Clinic but didn’t find help there. Some patients need just a few appointments to completely resolve their IBS issues.

We work with patients from all across the US and around the world, so don’t let your busy schedule or frequent travel discourage you from getting the answers – and results – you deserve. The IBS specialists at our clinic will determine the cause of your IBS and focus treatment on the underlying issue so you can be IBS-free for life. Contact the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle or Santa Monica today – we’ll help you take back control of your life.

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how the digestive system worksDr. Stephen Wangen of the IBS Treatment Center explains the basic functions of the digestive system and how to easily detect digestive problems.

Your gastrointestinal tract is a long tube. This tube starts at your mouth and ends at your anus. It is a highly specialized organ that is designed to do three very important things: convert food into something your body can use for nourishment; protect you from invading bacteria, viruses, and toxins; and dispose of a variety of waste products (poop). It is truly amazing that these three vital functions are performed by one structure.

In order to do all of these things, this tube has developed some very special features. For one, it contains 80% of your immune system, which defends you from invaders coming down the pipe. Equally important, this tube contains a complex ecosystem of over 100 trillion good bacteria that are not only critical to proper digestive function, but are also a vital part of the defense system. And finally, this tube is so specialized that it has its own nervous system, often called a second brain.

When it’s all working well, normal digestion is an unremarkable experience. You typically have one to two bowel movement per day. They aren’t urgent, they don’t cause any discomfort, there is very little noticeable gas production, and they only take about 5 minutes. The stool is well formed, easy to pass, you don’t need to wipe much, and at the end of the bowel movement you feel like you are fully “through.” Pooping is a natural experience and should be comfortable and – dare we say it? – even bring an enjoyable feeling of release.

If this isn’t happening, then you have a problem and deserve better digestion. At the IBS Treatment Center we are uniquely qualified for and experienced in assessing these functions and treating these problems so that you can start to feel better and get your life back. It’s not about giving you a fancy diagnosis, it’s about solving your problem.

The IBS specialists at our clinic will determine the cause of your IBS and focus treatment on the underlying issue so you can be IBS-free for life. Contact the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle or Santa Monica today – we’ll help you take back control of your life.

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staff2What an amazing year 2015 has been! We met many wonderful people who used to suffer from IBS and who now are back to the lives they thought were lost forever. Your comfort brings us joy! We also welcomed some amazing talent to our team. At the IBS Treatment Center we are proud to offer you a full-spectrum approach to your dietary health and wellness.

We understand what a huge impact IBS has on a person’s life. Many of us who work at the Treatment Center suffered through the ups and downs of digestive problems and endured diagnosis and remedies from doctors who didn’t quite “get it” or who seemed to dismiss our complaints instead of taking them to heart. It can be a frustrating path without the right support.

That is why we want you to feel supported 24/7 with quick access to our resources and information about what we can do for you. We would also like to introduce to you our new website! You will find it simpler to use than our old site, complete with background information about our doctors and specialists. You can even order the high-quality products recommended by our staff. It’s friendly, helpful, and tells you what you need to know—just like visiting one of our offices.

So during the festive time of year when that list of naughty foods you should avoid gets lost in the holiday cheer, please remember we are just a click away. We are always ready and willing to help you get back on track.

Our wish from the IBS Treatment Center to you and yours is a new year filled with great health, good friends, lots of cheer, and a happy gut. Because when you feel good on the inside, everything seems better on the outside.

Happy Holidays!
From All of Us at the IBS Treatment Center.

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staff2From a recent patient of the IBS Treatment Center.

I wanted to send you an update. I have not once had heartburn or indigestion, both of which I’ve had since high school. I want to thank the whole team at the IBS Treatment Center for all they have done. I continually tell people about my experience with you all and encourage others to make an appointment. You all do such amazing work and I hope that you continue to do so for many years.

Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for sparing me years of pain, boxes of Prilosec and surgery!! I will never forget the amazing work you do!

Best,
Mallory Saffold

Heartburn or acid reflux or GERD — whatever the name, if you are like millions of others, you are experiencing this gastrointestinal malady.

You may take your acid reflux problem for granted and buy your antacids at Costco, but you should be aware of the negative effects this has on your entire body. You also should know that heartburn is a sign of other problems, and can almost always be treated without acid blockers.

It’s commonly believed that heartburn is the result of overeating. And although 116 million Americans may overeat, the size of the meal has no scientific correlation with the frequency of heartburn.

“Then we must be producing too much stomach acid,” you say. Having too much acid production is very rare. In fact, the opposite is the case. In most people, stomach acid decreases with age.

If you experience heartburn, it’s important to get the proper testing so that we can sort through the possible causes and provide you with permanent relief. Even heartburn caused by necessary drugs can be treated in a way that is much healthier and more effective than acid blockers.

QUESTIONS? Contact our office at info@ibstreatmentcenter.com or 1.888.546.6283.

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Dr. Stephen WangenFrom Dr. Stephen Wangen of the IBS Treatment Center.

I recently had a young lady with extremely painful IBS tell me that her doctor told her that she was “okay because she wasn’t going to die.”

This is the frustration that many IBS sufferers deal with on a regular basis. Can you believe the nerve of that doctor!?  “As long as you’re alive, then you are okay.”  That is not true healthcare and it is very sad for the people who experience it.

Unfortunately, I have heard this many times before. This person described their pain as 10 on a scale of pain that only went to 10!   They had been to the ER many times, and doctors had run every test that they could think of.  And yet this young lady felt no better.

Fortunately, she came to the right place. We see many people like this, and we actually enjoy seeing them!  We have a tremendous amount of success with people like this, because we understand that you aren’t okay just because all of your previous tests have been fine. Like you, we recognize that there must be a real cause for your suffering.  And we won’t give up and tell you that you should just be thankful for being alive.

Don’t give up on yourself or on life. You just have to find the right people to help you. That is why we are here.

The IBS specialists at our clinic will determine the cause of your IBS and focus treatment on the underlying issue so you can be IBS-free for life. Contact the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle or Santa Monica today – we’ll help you take back control of your life.

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staff2From a recent patient of the IBS Treatment Center.

In 1990 I was diagnosed as having either Crohns disease or IBS. They were not sure which. Regardless, it took a serious toll on my health and on my liver.

I was treated with some drugs and after a long period of suffering, it subsided.

In September of 2014 I began to have reoccurring symptoms. It started out with some abdominal pain, then quickly moved to 2 minute warnings to find a bathroom about 10-15 times a day.

Horrible to say the least. I went to the same doctor that had treated me previously and I was put on the same regimen of sulfa drugs and PREDNISONE.

I continued to get worse, so the prednisone was increased more and more as were other drugs like Pentasa. I still had no relief.

Now the doctor was talking about suppressing my Immune system with a Imuran, and if that failed Humera was discussed.

About a month earlier I had watched an interview on TV with Doctor Wangen and a female patient. She was describing all the symptoms that I was having and the terrible change in lifestyle that goes with it. I related.

I had told my Gastroenterologist that I felt there had to be some CAUSE for what was happening to me.  The answer was always “This just happens sometimes we don’t know why”. Next stop, more powerful drugs.

I made the decision to call the IBS center. I made an appointment and I am so grateful that I did.  After suffering for about 6 months I finally went into the IBS clinic … in March of 2015.

I didn’t write this email right away because I wanted to see what the long term results would be.  My Gastro doc AND the liver doc were “skeptical.”  The Gastro doc and liver doc only know how to treat symptoms. Its the old saying “To a carpenter, everything is a nail”. They use drugs.

For the most part, I feel cured.  I cant even imagine what drugs I would be on now, or what new side effects I would be dealing with, instead of going to Crossfit 4 times a week and feeling damn good again. Just feeling normal feels good.

JPM

The IBS specialists at our clinic will determine the cause of your IBS and focus treatment on the underlying issue so you can be IBS-free for life. Contact the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle or Santa Monica today.

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staff2We all experience embarrassing moments and “Why me?” moments. As doctors at the IBS Treatment Center, We’ve heard more than a few tales of unpleasant situations. Yet, there is one patient’s story that sticks out—not because of the embarrassing events, but because of the serendipitously happy outcome.

Lindsay’s IBS story begins in high school. During those years, she passed off her discomfort as generic stomach pains that seemed to strike at random.

Although her pain kept her home from school some days, she didn’t really mind missing classes in exchange for a day on the couch. And she certainly didn’t think her pain was a sign of anything serious because it passed after a day or so and only occurred every couple months. Everyone has unexplained stomach pains sometimes, right? That’s what her family doctor told her anyways.

Then Lindsay moved away from home and into a college dorm where cafeteria meals and vending machine snacks replaced her Mom’s home cooking. She still had days when stomach pain prevented her from attending class, but it didn’t seem any more frequent than before. Besides, her change in diet could easily explain occasional bouts with digestive problems.

But then things started to get more serious. Her stomach pains became more common and lasted longer than before. She often had to run to the bathroom with little warning, which was different from when she lived at home.

Lindsay visited the campus medical clinic but the doctors there didn’t offer much helpful advice. They recommended she get more sleep and eat better.

Severe IBS attacks always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times and places, don’t they? But we can’t think of much worse timing for a freshman than on a first date.

Lindsay met Sam in their American Literary History class. When each student was asked to select a playwright to study, Sam and Lindsay both chose Eugene O’Neill. It wasn’t until the first semester came close to an end that Sam mustered up the courage to ask Lindsay out on a date. When he heard Strange Interlude would be performed at the local theater, it seemed like the perfect excuse.

They went to dinner first at a Thai restaurant, a first for Lindsay. The atmosphere was perfect; the lights were dim, the music was upbeat, and the conversation flowed effortlessly. Lindsay felt particularly adventurous and ordered a dish she couldn’t even pronounce. It was a bit spicier than what she normally opted for, but it tasted good and she washed it down with plenty of water.

While waiting for dessert to arrive, Lindsay’s stomach began to feel a bit “off.” She hoped it was butterflies or nerves, but feared it was due to the spicy dish. The butterfly sensation quickly progressed to mild cramps and she eventually had no choice but to excuse herself from the table. By the time she returned, Sam had already paid the bill and was outside anxiously waiting for her because they were now running late for the play.

Once they arrived at the theater, they discovered almost everyone else was seated already, which meant they had to make their way to their seats (in the middle of the row, of course) by excusing themselves and apologizing the whole way.

Lindsay still felt unwell. If she were back at her dorm, this would be one of those times when she wouldn’t stray too far from the washroom. But here she was, in the middle of a quiet theater on a first date with someone she found to be interesting, funny, and very kind.

The curtains rose and the play began. Sweat began to form on Lindsay’s brow. Ten minutes into the first scene, Lindsay needed to use the bathroom again but remained in her chair trying to will away her cramps. Then came the gurgling noises. You know the ones we’re talking about. The loud noises that tell you and everyone around you that things inside are on the move. She could wait no longer. Lindsay told Sam she would be right back, stood up, and made her way down the row as fast as she could, apologizing again to each person she passed. She ran as fast as she could to the nearest bathroom where she stayed quite a while, sobbing with embarrassment until the emergency passed.

When Lindsay emerged from the bathroom, it didn’t seem as though she could ever face Sam again. She slowly made her way towards the main doors of the theater with her head down. Stepping outside, the cool air felt nice on her skin and she looked up for the first time. Lindsay stopped dead in her tracks. Sam was standing there in front of her, looking concerned. “Are you ok?” he asked. She nodded as he took her hand.

Sam hailed a cab and got into it with her, then asked the driver to take them to her dormitory. During the ride, Sam told Lindsay something that changed her life for the better.

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Dr. Stephen WangenParasites are a known cause of IBS.

Symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, cramps, nausea, poor digestion, fatigue, muscle aches, bleeding, rectal itching, abdominal pain.

Parasites cannot live without you. You provide them living space and food, but unlike friendly bacteria, parasites do nothing for you in return. They only act against you.

They vary in size from the very tiny, which can be seen only under a microscope, to inches long. Some can find their way into just about any area of the body, but most are found only in the digestive tract. The severity of your symptoms and the amount of damage they cause varies depending on the parasite involved, the number of parasites, and the level of resistance your body has.

Parasites damage the body in a number of ways, by absorbing nutrients that you need and by directly damaging your digestive tract; and, if they are capable of migrating, possibly damaging other areas of your body as well. They often reproduce rapidly and by the thousands, and are easily spread to other people. Unfortunately, a strong population of good bacteria does little to protect you from parasites.

Parasites are more common than generally believed. Although most Americans consider them to be a Third-World problem, they infect millions of Americans – even those who never leave the country or drink from mountain streams (a common source of the parasite Giardia). We live in a global community. Parasites enter this country every day through the importation of contaminated foods and seemingly innocent products such as clay pottery. It is true that many common parasites are native to the tropics, where it is warm and humid. But the fruits and vegetables we import from these warm countries can be a source of parasitic contamination, affecting every area of the United States. However, because of the misperception that parasites are not an American problem, they have often been overlooked as a possible cause of digestive illnesses.

Entamoeba hystolytica, a relatively common parasite, infects up to 50 million people worldwide each year, and results in up to 100,000 deaths. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, approximately 50% of children have signs of exposure to this parasite by age five.

Closer to home, one of the largest recorded outbreaks of a waterborne parasitic infestation occurred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1993. The city’s water supply became contaminated with the parasite Cryptosporidium, which causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Over 400,000 people became ill; 4,000 were hospitalized and over 100 died. Although Milwaukee’s water was treated with chlorine, chlorine doesn’t kill Cryptosporidium.

The possibility of parasites must be considered when assessing the cause of your IBS. A parasite infection can usually be diagnosed by specialized testing, and is usually readily treatable.

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In the third grade I remember complaining constantly about having stomach aches and was actually put on anti-anxiety medication.

I have struggled with this throughout my 52 years. Things really got bad about 6 years ago when I started having severe stomach aches along with bloating and large, really smelly bowel movements.

After having every test known to man, with no serious problems found, I was diagnosed with IBS. I started feeling depressed, withdrawn, tired and sick ALL THE TIME.

A friend told me I should go to the IBS Treatment Center. I called the next day and made an appointment. One of the best decisions I have ever made! Thank you, I LOVE YOU!!!!

– Susan Weir (cured patient from the IBS Treatment Center)

It has been interesting to see over the years the variety of symptoms that can be caused by food allergies. One of those symptoms often triggered by food allergies is anxiety.

The interesting part is not that people are anxious because they have symptoms caused by a food allergy, which would be expected if you had something like unpredictable or painful bowel habits. The interesting part is that the food allergy itself is triggering the anxiety.

We saw two recent cases of this which reminded us of the impact that food allergies have on our entire health, both physically and emotionally. These patients, one male and one female, were both suffering from a combination of food allergies which were only detectable on IgG food allergy testing. (This is not the kind of testing that you can get from an allergist.)

Once these foods were removed from their diet, these patients began to heal in a number of different ways. They had originally come in for their digestive problems, which completely resolved. However, they also reported that a significant amount of anxiety that they had been experiencing which they had attributed to a troubled emotional life also vastly improved.

There are many case reports in the medical literature of just this type of reaction happening in people with gluten intolerance. But the problem is not limited to gluten. Immune reactions to other foods are just as important and can cause just as many emotional and neurological problems.

 

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Dr. Stephen WangenThe inability to lose weight as well as the inability to gain weight are frequently two sides of the same coin. Food allergies and sensitivities, gastrointestinal bacterial infections, yeast, and parasites can all interfere with your ability to break down and absorb nutrients properly, and this can result in weight loss and/or difficulty in maintaining weight.

Having difficulty gaining weight may seem like a good problem to have, but people with this challenge find it very frustrating. When your body has a poor relationship with food, you may be able to eat all you want, but the food isn’t being assimilated.

This problem is further exacerbated if you have symptoms such as diarrhea, which is another sign that your body isn’t processing nutrients well (malabsorption).

For some people with food allergies or intolerances, the reaction can be so severe that they can’t get enough nutrition to sustain themselves from the food that they eat. This is surprisingly common, and these patients are often blamed for not eating enough or are told that they have an eating disorder. However, many of these patients eat far more than average and don’t have any problems with their desire to eat or to keep food down. They can’t get help, because no one believes them. Worse yet, other people even go so far as to say they wish they had the same problem.

As you can imagine, people with this issue are trying to gain weight. Frequently this means that they are eating lots of bread products, baked goods, and processed foods, which of course are full of food allergens. They may also be using popular commercial weight gain products. And what do those products usually contain? A hefty dose of common food allergens.

A perfect example of a popular weight gain product is Ensure. Most Ensure products contain large amounts of dairy, soy, and corn, three things that many people who need to gain weight should not be ingesting. Many patients describe feeling worse when they try to use Ensure.

Another major aspect of digestion is the ecosystem within your digestive tract, which is filled with trillions of bacteria. These bacteria play an integral role in digestion. If you don’t have the right kind of bacteria, or if you have yeast (Candida) or parasites, then you won’t digest your food properly. The good news is that all of these things can be tested, including your “good” bacteria.

When we work with patients who are having trouble with their weight, we always evaluate them for food allergies and intolerances as well as for bacteria, yeast, and parasites. Once we figure out the source of their problem, we can find a treatment plan that really works. Patients are amazed at the results. Many people find that they can gain weight just by avoiding the foods that were preventing them from absorbing nutrients.

If you are struggling with a weight issue and your body isn’t responding to the usual solutions, don’t give up. Keep investigating. Be honest with yourself about your diet and your exercise level. Then consider the possibility that something else is getting in the way of you realizing your goals, and let us help you find out what it is.

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A recent article from Bankrate.com highlights the fact that most doctors and healthcare providers have no idea what your financial responsibility will be for your treatment. This means you won’t know what getting healthy will cost until the bills come in the mail.

“In many cases, a patient won’t know the actual cost of care until after that care is delivered, which can lead to surprise medical bills and unwanted debt that can affect your credit score.”

The IBS Treatment Center is different. We tell you exactly what your care will cost and why it will cost that amount. We believe that transparency in healthcare is a key aspect to the best treatment.

Learn more about the IBS Treatment Center and its policies HERE.

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How Can a Nutritionist Help Your IBS?

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How Our Nutritionist Can Help You!

At the IBS Treatment Center, our commitment to your health doesn’t end when you walk out the door. Our doctors often recommend new dietary plans and we understand that our clients may need extra support as they transition their eating habits. To serve you better and give you the best service possible, we have added a staff nutritionist to our team.

We are pleased to announce Becky Rajcich, RD has joined us to help our clients reach new levels of satisfaction with their health and their foods! Becky Rajcich is a state and nationally certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and graduated with honors with a degree in Science of Nutrition from Bastyr University.

Becky can help you build a practical plan based on your IBS doctor’s recommendations so you can manage each meal of the day and start feeling better sooner. As our in-house Registered Dietitian, she has the ideal advantage of working closely with both you and your doctor.

Becky’s food philosophy is that everyone has the right to eat food that supports their bodies and tastes good. Becky specializes in taking challenging nutritional needs that can be overwhelming and breaking them down into simple, practical plans that can be incorporated into everyday life.

She also is skilled at working with other dietary needs such as diabetes, weight loss, weight gain, disordered eating, low bone density, anemia, and other issues, integrating them with any food allergy or intolerance restrictions.

Becky is also able to seamlessly combine the requirements of your unique diet with any other objectives you wish to accomplish.

Additionally, she has an excellent understanding of food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities. She can provide you the practical support and education that you need to feel more comfortable with your diet, and do meal planning with you or provide you with recipes if that is needed.

As an endurance runner, Becky discovered her own digestive issues and the importance of identifying ways to work with food that promote quality of life. She brings compassion and commitment to her work with patients and finds joy in helping with them to get through nutrition challenges.

In her spare time Becky enjoys running, reading, cooking, and recipe hunting; and she loves spending quality time with her husband, young son, dog, cat, and chickens.

Becky is located in our Seattle office but can work with any of our patients via phone. To schedule an appointment with her please contact our office at 206-264-1111 or schedule an appointment online.

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Innate Health GroupQuestion from a recent patient before coming to see us.

“I have been diagnosed with IBS. I am not sure I am a candidate for your center as I have been through a number of trails already from antibiotics, probiotics, enzymes, to detoxifying complexes. I have also been on the Low Fodmap diet since January, and have  eliminated soy, dairy, beans and gluten (though I do not have Celiac). I also do not have Colitis, Crohns, or cancer.

My main symptom that causes my distress is gas, though I have diarrhea too. But the diarrhea I don’t really let bother me, it is just a norm and I usually know when it will come, in time to take care of it. What I would really like to figure out is how do I eat out? How am I going to travel to Europe? Will I ever enjoy Italian, Mexican or pizza again?”

From Dr. Stephen Wangen:

“I am really glad that you contacted us because you are exactly the kind of person that we love to work with and the kind of person that we routinely work with.

Our doctors would like to see the lab work that you’ve had done and review all of the treatments and diets that you’ve done as well. Our goal is the same as yours, to help you figure out exactly what the problem is and the appropriate appropriate treatment for you to get back out in the world doing the things you want to do, like traveling. We won’t just repeat the things that you’ve already had done.

Once our doctors know your complete history and understand it better, then they’ll be able to tell you what is missing and guide you on a path that is much more likely to sort out your problem.  It’s not a guessing game. IBS is our specialty, and solving it requires an IBS specialist.  We also have a wonderful dietitian who will be able to assist you with this process, but you’ll definitely want to see one of our doctors first.  I encourage you to call our office at 206-264-1111 to schedule an appointment.”

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Dr. Stephen WangenThis story comes from a recent patient of the IBS Treatment Center. Her name has been changed to protect her privacy.

Stacy came to the IBS Treatment Center because she had terrible abdominal pain and bloating. She hadn’t been able to enjoy being outdoors or her favorite hobby (gardening).

Stacy was especially anxious because even wearing a seat belt was causing her a lot of discomfort, not to mention just being stuck in a car.

It was so problematic that she would regularly go without a seat belt, which is certainly not advisable. Her first goal was to feel well enough to be able to wear her seat belt.

After working with Stacy, doing the proper testing and follow up work, she is now feeling much better and can finally drive comfortably and do it in a much safer manner, because she is comfortable wearing her seat belt again.

She is also happier (ecstatic actually!) that she can now do some gardening again and is looking forward to much more in the future!

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