Irritable Bowel Syndrome Specialist

Deep Well Health Care LLC

Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH

Clinical Hypnotherapist & Pediatric Gastroenterologist located in Elkins Park, PA.

If you seem to fluctuate between bouts of constipation and diarrhea or experience frequent cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, or gas, you may have a chronic condition called irritable bowel syndrome. At Deep Well Health Care LLC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, clinical hypnotherapist Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH, offers compassionate and integrative treatment options for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Q & A

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder affecting the intestine, which can range widely in intensity over time. IBS is caused by a complex interplay of the intestinal lining, the nervous system, GI bacteria, dietary factors, and environmental influences such as stress. In most cases, IBS symptoms can be resolved or decreased with nutrition and lifestyle changes, and mind-body treatments such as hypnosis. Supplements and medications can also be helpful.

IBS is not a dangerous condition, but it can have a major impact on quality of life.  If you are having problems with bowel syndrome, Dr. Cherry helps with a combination of treatment options. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online to learn more about these different treatments.

What are the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

The most common signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bowel movement appearance changes
  • Cramping or bloating related to a bowel movement
  • Changes to bowel movement frequency
  • Irritable bowel syndrome may also cause increased gas, uncomfortable bloating, or stools with mucus.

IBS symptoms are not specific, meaning that they occur in many different conditions. People with IBS have often already had testing to check for other conditions such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or parasites. If you have not yet had any such testing, Dr. Cherry may recommend it to help clarify the diagnosis.

How can hypnosis help with irritable bowel syndrome?

Dr. Cherry uses hypnotherapy as a treatment option for irritable bowel syndrome. Hypnosis involves imagery and suggestions to change the reactions of the GI, in order to reduce discomfort, cramping, and gassiness, and improve regularity.

To increase effectiveness, hypnotherapy for IBS typically involves a series of six to eight visits along with some practice at home with recordings. Dr. Cherry may combine hypnotherapy with botanicals and nutritional changes.

To find out if hypnosis can relieve your symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, use the online scheduling tool or call the practice to schedule an appointment today.

How is IB-Stim useful for IBS?

IB-Stim is the first FDA-approved device for the treatment of abdominal pain. In clinical studies, 81% of patients had a meaningful improvement in their symptoms after 3 weeks of treatment.

IB-Stim is a non-invasive medical device designed to help manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in pediatric patients aged 11-18 years. It is a small electrical nerve stimulator that attaches to the ear and delivers gentle electrical pulses.

How does IB-Stim work?

IB-Stim works by stimulating the nerves in the ear, which are connected to the digestive system by way of the vagus nerve. This stimulation can help reduce the symptoms of IBS, including abdominal pain, discomfort, and bloating.

Who is IB-Stim for?

IB-Stim is intended for use in pediatric patients aged 11-18 years who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and have not responded well to other treatments.

How is IB-Stim used?

  1. A trained healthcare provider will attach the IB-Stim device to your earlobe.
  2. The device will be worn for approximately 4-5 days per week for a period of
    several weeks, as determined by your healthcare provider.
  3. The device will deliver gentle electrical pulses to the nerves in your ear.

What are the benefits of IB-Stim?

IB-Stim may help reduce the symptoms of IBS, such as abdominal pain and discomfort,
without the need for medications or invasive procedures.

Are there any risks or side effects?

IB-Stim is generally considered safe, and the electrical pulses are usually not painful. However, some patients may experience mild discomfort or skin irritation at the site of the earlobe where the device is attached. If you experience any severe discomfort or skin issues, contact your healthcare provider.

Important Considerations:

  • IB-Stim should only be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare
    provider.
  • If you have a pacemaker or other implanted electrical device, consult your
    healthcare provider before using IB-Stim.
  • Inform your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions or
    medications you are taking.
  • Do not attempt to use IB-Stim without proper training and supervision.
  • The effectiveness of IB-Stim may vary from person to person. It may take several
    weeks of use to see noticeable improvements.

Where can I get IB-Stim?

IB-Stim is available by prescription only. You can make an appointment with Dr. Cherry
to determine if it is an appropriate treatment option for your IBS symptoms.

Conclusion:

IB-Stim is a non-invasive medical device that may help alleviate the symptoms of
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in pediatric patients. If you or your child has been
diagnosed with IBS and other treatments have not been effective, discuss the potential
benefits and risks of IB-Stim with Dr. Cherry or another healthcare provider. They can
help determine if IB-Stim is a suitable option for managing your IBS symptoms.

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