Digestive Disorders

Our Philosophy on Digestive Disorders

Whether it is struggling with normal elimination, gas and bloating, nausea or just pain in your belly, our providers can help get to the cause of your complaint.  Rather than starting with medications that can mask symptoms without ever correcting digestive functions, we work to determine if there are foods or habits that are causing your complaint and work to rehabilitate your digestive function.

IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional digestive disorder which usually has abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (constipation and/or diarrhea).  There is no obvious pathology in IBS, which can make diagnosis and even treatment very difficult.  The physicians at NWIM are well educated about IBS evaluation, including testing for SIBO and have treated many cases successfully, including commonly associated conditions such as fatigue and fibromyalgia.

IBD

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) includes two inflammatory conditions of the digestive system – Ulcerative Colitis (commonly called “colitis” or UC) and Crohn’s disease.  Common symptoms include diarrhea, bloody stools, abdominal pain and weight loss.  Over time without proper treatment, these conditions can damage other organs such as the liver, eyes, skin and vascular system.  At NWIM, treatment commonly consists of dietary or stool testing, supportive nutrients for the digestive system and immune system.  Full remission of these conditions is possible with proper natural treatment.

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