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By Melvin D. Bullock MD
November 05, 2018
Category: Medical Conditions

Though a simple stomach ache is often nothing to worry about, gastric issues like irritable bowel syndrome can cause serious complications and frustrating symptoms. Luckily, your gastroenterologist can help you manage your IBS symptoms to ensure that you live a happy, healthy life. Find out more about recognizing and treating irritable bowel syndrome with Dr. Melvin Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Commonly referred to by its abbreviation, IBS affects the large intestine. IBS is most often a mild condition but can be serious and produce frustrating symptoms. Some of the common signs of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • gas
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • mucous in the stool
  • abdominal pain
  • abdominal cramping

If you notice a sudden change in your bowel movements or symptoms like unexplained vomiting, anemia, difficulty swallowing, bloody stool or bleeding rectum, or unexplained weight loss, you should see your doctor. Common triggers of IBS include certain foods, stress, and, in some cases, hormones.

How will my doctor diagnose irritable bowel syndrome? 

Though doctors can help to minimize its symptoms, they do not know the exact cause of IBS. Some contributing causes of IBS may be related to intestinal muscular contractions, inflammation of the intestines, changes in gut flora, infection, or issues with the nervous system. Your doctor will use a physical examination alongside your medical and family history and various testing methods to determine if you have irritable bowel syndrome. Females, individuals under 50, and those who have mental health issues are more prone to IBS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA

Treating IBS may be as simple as avoiding what triggers it. However, your doctor may also suggest dietary restrictions, eating certain foods, and getting plenty of exercise and sleep to begin IBS treatment. Supplements, laxatives, antidepressants, or certain medications to treat IBS specifically can also help manage your symptoms.

For more information on colonoscopy or to schedule your consultation for one, please contact Dr. Melvin Bullock with locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA. Call (770) 442-5882 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bullock today!

Could your frequent bouts of diarrhea and abdominal pain be signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Roswell, GA, gastroenterologist Dr. ibsMelvin Bullock discusses the disorder and shares information about treatment options.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS affects an estimated 25 to 45 million people in the U.S., many of them women, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. The disorder affects the large bowel and causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms including:

  • Gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty emptying your bowels completely
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Fatigue

Pain and cramping can often be relieved by having a bowel movement. Unfortunately, the urge to go often happens quickly, forcing IBS suffers to familiarize themselves with the locations of public restrooms everywhere they go. Some people only experience diarrhea or constipation, while others deal with alternating bouts of both diarrhea and constipation.

If you have IBS, you may find that your symptoms are worse after you eat certain foods. Eating large meals may also trigger cramps, gas, and diarrhea.

What causes IBS?

Although the cause of IBS often isn't known, you may be more likely to develop the disorder if:

  • You are female: Hormones appear to play a role in IBS.
  • Other family members have IBS: The disorder tends to run in some families.
  • You had an infection that caused severe diarrhea: Even one serious gastrointestinal infection in the past can increase your risk of IBS.
  • You feel stressed: IBS seems to occur more frequently in people who report feeling stressed. You may also be more likely to develop the disorder if you suffer from a mental health disorder or experienced a traumatic event at some point in your life.

What can I do about IBS symptoms?

There are a few steps you can take on your own to reduce your symptoms, including avoiding foods that trigger your symptoms, staying away from foods that are known to produce gas, exercising regularly, using fiber supplements and reducing stress.

If your symptoms are severe or affect the quality of your life, you may want to visit our Roswell office. In addition to offering advice that will help you manage the disorder, Dr. Bullock may also recommend certain medications that will control pain and bloating, reduce diarrhea and constipation, and help you pass stool more easily.

Help is available for your uncomfortable IBS symptoms. Call Roswell, GA, gastroenterologist Dr. Melvin Bullock at (770) 442-5882 to schedule your appointment.

By Melvin D. Bullock MD
May 04, 2017
Category: Medical Conditions

What your gastroenterologist in Roswell wants you to know

There are many causes of stomach or abdominal pain, and one of the most persistent causes is a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome can be managed successfully. It should be treated by a gastroenterologist. Dr. Melvin Bullock wants to share the facts about IBS and treatment. He has three convenient office locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA, to help you feel better.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition affecting your large intestine. The condition is thought to be related to abnormal functioning of your gastrointestinal nervous system. The muscles lining the walls of your intestines don’t move the way they should, resulting in impaired movement of food from your stomach through your intestinal tract.

Some common signs and symptoms of IBS include:

  • Abdominal cramping and pain
  • Bloating and gas
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Mucus in stools

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, there are triggers which may make your symptoms worse. You need to pay attention to:

  • Certain foods including chocolate, spices, fats, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, fruits, milk, carbonated beverages and alcohol
  • Increased stress levels or hormonal changes

Dr. Bullock may suggest several effective treatments to lessen your symptoms of IBS including:

  • Changes in your diet, eliminating gas-producing foods such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, raw fruits and carbonated liquids; you may also want to eliminate gluten and foods containing high amounts of sugars like fructose and lactose.
  • Medications to manage symptoms including fiber supplements, anti-diarrheal medications, medications to reduce intestinal spasms and antibiotics
  • Medications to treat severe cases of IBS including Alosetron to relax the colon, and Lubiprostone to increase secretion of fluid and help pass stools more easily

If you think you might be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, you don’t have to deal with it alone. It’s time for some help from an expert. It’s time to call Dr. Bullock with three convenient office locations in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, GA. Feel better tomorrow by calling today!

By Melvin D. Bullock MD
August 29, 2016

Do you suffer from bouts of diarrhea, constipation and abdominal pain? You may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Dr. Melvin ibsBullock, your Roswell, GA gastroenterologist, shares some information about the disorder.

What is IBS?

IBS actually describes a collection of symptoms that include:

  • Diarrhea: You may experience loose stools and may feel the need to visit the restroom very urgently.
  • Constipation: When you don't have diarrhea, you may develop constipation.
  • Pain: Abdominal pain and cramps are common if you have IBS.
  • Fullness: Do you ever feel stuffed even though you didn't overeat?
  • Incomplete Bowel Movements: It's not unusual to feel as if there's still stool in your bowel after you've used the toilet when you have IBS.
  • Bloating: Bloating and gas tend to occur when your IBS symptoms flare up.
  • Mucus: If you take a look at the toilet, you may notice mucus in your stool.

No one is quite sure what causes IBS, although you may be more likely to suffer from it if you are female, have a family history of the disorder, are younger than 50 or have depression, anxiety or other mental health problems. Researchers think IBS may be caused or worsened by a stomach or intestinal infection, changing hormone levels, food sensitivities, bacterial overgrowth in your intestines or a problem with the way your intestines move food through your gastrointestinal system.

Will IBS cause permanent damage?

Perhaps the only good thing about IBS is that, despite its painful symptoms, it doesn't damage your gastrointestinal tract. It also doesn't cause cancer or other serious diseases.

How can I relieve my IBS symptoms in Roswell?

If your symptoms seems to be triggered by certain foods, avoiding these foods can help reduce them. Foods that tend to cause problems include dairy products, alcohol, soda, caffeinated drinks, fried foods, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, fatty foods or refined grains.

Counseling can be helpful, as can stress reduction techniques. If your symptoms cause severe pain or interfere with your life, your gastroenterologist can prescribe medication that will help control your symptoms and relieve your pain.

Tired of dealing with IBS on your own? Call Dr. Bullock, your Roswell, GA gastroenterologist, at (770) 442-5882 and make an appointment to learn how you can successfully manage your disorder.