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Is IBS Real? - Gastroenterology in Summit, NJ

In a study recently published in Medical Hypotheses (2011 76(1):97-99), Dr. Habba analyzed 575 patients presenting with previously diagnosed diarrhea predominant IBS (IBS-D) in Summit, NJ. 303 patients completed all the testing and follow up necessary to be included in the results. The study concluded that 98% of these patients had conditions other than the previous diagnosis of IBS. When these conditions were identified and appropriately treated, 98% of them improved as assessed by fewer than three bowel movements per day. Habba Syndrome constituted 41% of the patients studied, post-cholecystectomy diarrhea 23%, lactose intolerance 8%, microscopic/lymphocytic colitis 7%, celiac disease 4% and several other specific conditions comprised the balance. This result is very encouraging and is in contrast with the results presently achieved by treating “IBS”. Physicians frequently fall short of “getting to the bottom” of the problem by tagging patients with “IBS”, a vague entity that merely describes their symptoms and usually results in a poor therapeutic outcome.

These findings lead to the theory concluding that there is no IBS-D. Patients need to be evaluated thoroughly until a true clinical entity is found and treated.

IBS diagnoses in Summit, NJ

Are You Experiencing Abdominal Pain?

Nobody should have to suffer from gastrointestinal problems and abdominal pain. Not only can they be painful, but they affect your life in more ways than one. If you are suffering from IBS, the anxiety of an “attack” may force you to avoid scheduling certain activities or even going to work. In addition, living with IBS can cause stress that may lead to loss of appetite and sleep. Instead of allowing IBS to take control of your life, take control of it! Some of the signs of IBS may include:

Gas and Bloating

Abdominal Pain and Cramping

Diarrhea

Constipation

Alternating Constipation and Diarrhea

Urgent Need for Bowel Movements

There Is a Solution for IBS

Some people live with IBS for years before realizing that there is a solution. Dr. Habba has been practicing gastroenterology for more than 34 years. He not only treats IBS but also a range of other conditions, such as the Habba Syndrome, GERD, heartburn, chronic diarrhea, and gallbladder disease. Schedule an appointment with our highly-credentialed doctor, who specializes in gastroenterology in Summit, NJ. He’ll determine if you have IBS or another condition, and then provide treatment that gives you your life back.

If you need to find a gastroenterologist, contact us and get a real solution for your IBS. We proudly serve patients throughout Summit, NJ, and the surrounding areas.