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Recent Posts by Dr. Don Davis, D.C., DACNB - Neurology

The Seven IBS – Thyroid Connections

Hi there, it’s Dr. Davis again and today I’d like to talk to you about the relationship of IBS and your thyroid. In the past, and unfortunately some doctors still feel this way, IBS was considered a diagnosis of exclusion, where the doctor would finally label your symptoms as IBS when they couldn’t think of anything else to call it.  As you can imagine, this didn’t lead to much in the way affective treatment.  But IBS research has advanced so much in the last 5 years that it has cleared the path to a much fuller understanding of the cause and effects of IBS. One of the most important relationships it turns out is with low thyroid function   Thyroid function is surprisingly complex, with hormones changing into other hormones, organs affecting other organs, brain-thyroid crosstalk, and the gut affecting pretty much everything.   The thyroid gland affects the energy…

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IBS and Whole-Body Pain

Or - Why do I hurt everywhere when my IBS acts up?

By Dr. Don Davis
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)  sufferers have enough problems with stool frequency, bloating and abdominal pain without having to deal with pain anywhere else.  But that’s just what recent research is beginning to show us.

 

We already know that there is increased “overall” pain in other syndromes like fibromyalgia and in many other degenerative diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  But pain in areas outside of the gut with IBS is a little hard to relate to.  The reality is, it’s there, and its common.

 

The research has been building for a while, in fact in 2003, studies showed that body-pain outside the GI tract with IBS was actually greater than Inflammatory bowel disease and Crone’s disease. 

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