Severity Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms Is Reduced By Osteopathy
Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS and What Tests You Should Get
Kenneth Falchukgt;gt;gt; Irritable bowel syndromeis the word points to it, is a syndrome, it is a composite of complaints that patientshave that effect the GI tract. It is not something that we could immediately say is caused byan infection or is caused by a structural change in the bowel. So therefore the physician who evaluates thepatient with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has to pay attention to the types of symptoms,when they occuré How frequent is your trigger factor, has to evaluate his patient for thepossibility of other conditions and that is where we bring in the criteria of or the charactersof what we call reg flags.
So irritable bowel syndrome is a combinationof symptoms that the patient mentions to the treating evaluating physician that consistsof either pain with or without a change in bowel habit such as diarrhea, constipation,or a variable pattern, a mixture of both diarrhea or constipation with bloating with a changein a shape, consistency of they stools, they could be loose, they could be hard, they couldbe like little fragments. Above all, the irritable bowel does not havethe red flags that I mentioned previously, that is the presence of bleeding, very significantrelevant weight loss in a short period of time, no fever, and no vomiting, once we considerthe red flags and if they are not present
in the patient, there are other lab resultsthat we could request to evaluate the patient and exclude something that may be caused byanother illness other than the IBS, the irritable bowel. If a physician requests those labs, they arenot specific. There is no specific blood test to make the diagnosis of an irritable bowel.So what one does when he looks at the lab for help to see if there is anemia, evidenceof bleeding indirectly or directly, a low red cell count, a low iron or something calledferritin, signs of inflammation in the blood. We request a test called Sed rate or CRP thatindirectly look at this aspect.
Other tests may show low protein to suggesta difficult absorption, nutrition, which is not really a main issue when one deals withirritable bowel. So once the red flags are excluded and that the physician is certainabout that, he or she can then say â€œWell I am not yet sure. I need to evaluate my patientproperly.â€� That can be done with xrays such as CAT scan, xray of a small intestine,a barium enema sometimes or proceed to something more specific and definitive, yet somewhatinvasive called a colonoscopy where you look at the lining of the colon. You can take samplesand make sure there is no inflammation. The bottomline is to make sure that thereis no colitis because colitis is treated differently.
It is somewhat of a greater concern to somepatients because it could bleed to serious consequences and disabilities, so it is importantnot to attach diagnosis of IBS, irritable bowel, to someone who may have something thatcan be treated differently and therefore modify their quality of life and outcome. I think that more or less summarizes whatI have been trying to convey about what IBS irritable bowel syndrome is and how to proceedwith a detail specific evaluation of this condition.
Effectively Treat Psoriasis Eczema with Naturopathic Medicine Shannon Sinsheimer ND
Psoriasis and eczema are both skin conditions.They present very similarly on the body. Psoriasis presents as large, scaly, white patches ofskin that itches, and when you scratch it, will produce pinpoint bleed marks. Eczemawill start out as smaller bumps that are vesicles that when you scratch, they ooze and, overtime, will create larger white plaques on the skin. Conventional medicine treatmentsfor eczema and psoriasis are most often topical creams, such as hydrocortisone creams. Whenthese creams are applied to the skin, the plaque diminishes in size over time. However,when you stop using the cream, the plaque can return. When a patient comes into my officefor eczema or psoriasis, I first begin with
a medical intake to find out how long they'vehad their symptoms and how severe they've been. I take a look at their skin, and thenI order a blood test to find out about any food sensitivities, their liver function,and total cholesterol levels. Diet plays a significant role in the development of psoriasisor eczema, therefore, based on lab results. My first step is to eliminate foods the personis sensitive to, and instead, I recommend whole, organic foods that are nutrientdenseand are less likely to aggravate the skin. Stress or high stress levels are known toincrease inflammation in the body. Psoriasis and eczema are both inflammatory conditionsof the skin, therefore, unmanaged or highstress
levels will increase the problem of psoriasisor eczema. Stress management is necessary to help deal with psoriasis and eczema, thereforeI prescribe stress management techniques, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and deepbreathing. I'll also prescribe a number of supplements. They include fish oil forits antiinflammatory properties and ability to support the skin; vitamin A for its skinhealingproperties; milk thistle for its ability to detoxify and support the liver; and vitaminD to support the immune system. Depending upon the symptoms, I may also prescribe atopical ointment, such as a homeopathic cream to decrease inflammation and increase healingtime, or a vitamin and mineral infused cream
with vitamin A and zinc to support the skin'shealing process, or a calendula ointment, which can decrease the appearance of plaquesand decrease the itchiness. Naturopathic medicine is about treating the root cause of disease,so when I treat the root cause of eczema or psoriasis, I see significant to complete reductionin my patient's symptoms. For example, I had a patient come in who had psoriatic plaquescovering nearly his entire back, the backs of his legs, and almost all of the backs ofhis arms. After three months, we saw a significant reduction in the size of the plaques, andafter six months, the only symptoms present were some light pink discoloration on theupper part of his back. Another example is
a young child I saw who had such bad eczemaon his feet and inbetween his toes, he was unable to wear shoes at two years old. Afterthree months of treatment, his symptoms had completely resolved, and he was wearing shoesagain. Another patient had scaly, itchy plaques covering the majority of her scalp, and withina few months of treatment, she had eliminated 95 percent of the plaques on her scalp. Naturopathicmedicine works. If you're experiencing symptoms of eczema or psoriasis and you want to reduceor eliminate those symptoms, I suggest you see a naturopathic to receive yourown individualized treatment plan.
First Rib Mobilization for Neck Shoulder Pain Relief Ask Jo
Hey everybody, it's Jo. Today I'm gonnashow you how to mobilize your first rib. It can cause a lot of problems like numbnessin your arms or even headaches. So this is a good way to try and get some of that calmeddown for you. THere's some simples exercises, let's get going. The first thing you can dois grab a belt or something tight, maybe even a long beach towel. But you want it to besomething firm, not like those bands that give. Put the belt around the top of yourneck and shoulder on the side that hurts. Hold it here with the other side and if youcan, if your arm's not hurting badly enough, grab behind you, so your kind of at and angle.Almost like a seat belt like when you're putting
the seatbelt on. You want to take your neckand side bend towards that side and kind of turn down cause that makes those muscles thosescalene muscles relax so it's holding on to that first rib there. You want to push downtowards that opposite side. And give a nice big pull, hold it there, and take a deep breath.As you let the breath out, pull even harder. And hold it there about as long as you can,30 seconds, and then relax. If that gets pretty easy, and your not feeling quite as much ofa stretch, you can actually then take a ball, racquetball, tennis ball, something kind offirm, and put it in that same spot. Right where that first rib rolls around the neckto the shoulder. Put it there, press down,
side ben your head again. Nice deep breath,and I'm pushing down as I'm breathing out. Holding, holding, holding, and then relax.You can do this as many times as you want throughout the day because that's gonna helpmove that rib and make sure the space in between isn't getting pressed on any nerves or vesselsin there. So there you have it, if you have any questions, leave them in the commentssection, and if you'd like to check out some more tutorials, go to AskJo . Don'tforget to follow me on Facebook. And remember, be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel bettersoon.