Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Condition Description

A condition characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort, gas, belching, bloating, distention, constipation, diarrhea or constipation alternating with diarrhea. To the individual, there appears to be no apparent cause.

Common Symptoms

  • Recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort that may be relieved with bowel movement
  • Gas, belching, or bloating
  • Abdominal distention
  • Diarrhea or constipation alternating with diarrhea

Underlying Causes

  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Food allergies
  • Hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid)
  • Deficiency of digestive enzymes
  • Bacterial and/or parasitic infections

Traditional Approach

  • Treatment is primarily symptomatic
  • Laxatives for constipation and anti-diarrheals for diarrhea
  • For alternating constipation and diarrhea, laxitives during the constipation phase and loperamide during the diarrhea phase
  • Antispasmodics like dicyclomine or hyoscyamine for patients with abdominal pain or bloating

Our Approach

  • Test for and treat yeast overgrowth
  • Test for and treat any food allergies (including hidden food allergies)
  • Review patient history and if hypochlorhydria is suspected, treat it empirically
  • Review patient history and if history is suggestive of deficiency in digestive enzymes treat it empirically
  • Test for and treat any bacterial and/or parasitic infections


Condition Treated:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


Digestive Problems, Depression, Irritable Bowel, Diarrhea, Stomach Cramping, Vaginal Discharge, Tired



37 years female


When I came to Dr. Shahid’s clinic, I was on Tenormin for rapid heart rate and several medicines for my depression and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  I couldn’t eat anything without having diarrhea and stomach cramping.  I had vaginal discharge.  I was tired all the time.  I even didn’t want to get out of bed sometimes.  With two small children, I didn’t have the energy or patients to play with them.  I was very irritable and would fly off the handle a lot.  My husband even said my mood swings were bad. Today, after 4 months of testing and taking Nystatin, magnesium and thyroid medication, I am 90% better.  Dr. Shahid found a low mag level, thyroid levels off, and allergies to yeast, dust, molds, etc.  I am so happy today.  My energy level is high and I am able to play and enjoy my children.  I have started to work on my master’s degree too!  I am off the Tenormin,and other medicines thanks to Dr. Shahid and staff.  I feel great!