Digestive Symptoms

If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, chronic dyspepsia, cyclic vomiting, or some other digestive problem that you have been told by your physicians or believe to be a function to some degree of gut-brain communication, stress, or trauma, welcome to the Don’t Hate Your Guts website.

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Your symptoms are not “all in your head”.

Do not be discouraged by the fact that you have tried various treatment modalities that have not resulted in a full recovery. Your body can still heal. I have had both personal experience of recovering from IBS and very specialized professional experience in working with people who have functional medical problems of all kinds, especially DGBIs.

Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction I have treated:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Dyspepsia (Abdominal Pain)
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Cyclic Vomiting
  • GERD/Acid Reflux
  • Regurgitation
  • Rumination
  • Crohn’s (not considered a DGBI but has a gut-brain component)
  • Colitis (not considered a DGBI but has a gut-brain component)

If your medical problem is not on the list, do not assume that I cannot help you.

The gut is a complex part of the human body that is a hotbed of activity. The nervous system, digestive system, immune system, endocrine system, and a large microbiome all converge in the gut and serve various functions to help keep you surviving and thriving.

Normal digestion has a wide range, but if you are here, then it is likely that either you or someone you know is suffering from digestive symptoms representing an aberration from normal.

Whether it’s Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or some form of ongoing, episodic, or chronic digestive issues involving chronic abdominal discomfort/pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, acid reflux, regurgitation, and/or gas that you have, your symptoms are not “all in your head”; your symptoms are real physiological symptoms. Whereas physicians are able to detect and localize dysfunction in the body when it comes to organic problems, problems detected in one or more of your bodily organs, digestive problems like IBS, chronic constipation, functional dyspepsia, and cyclic vomiting happen despite that your digestive organs appear to be working just fine. These kinds of gut problems fall into a category of medical diagnoses referred to as Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI), formerly known as Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs). DGBI are also known as mind-body or psychophysiologic disorders. Think of DGBI as physiological problems in the gut that are largely a function of the communication between the brain and the gut, often resulting from chronic stress or trauma.

It may feel extremely disappointing and frustrating to be diagnosed with a DGBI because there is not a medication or surgery that can rid you of your symptoms for good. It is, however, good news, that your body is structurally sound and free of any life-threatening disease. Your body is capable of functioning normally even if it has not been behaving normally lately. The materials on this website are designed to help you to heal your gut and body by addressing the underlying nervous system dysregulation that results from chronic stress and trauma. Even if you cannot pinpoint a stressor or traumatic event that preceded the onset of your digestive symptoms, you may have a dysregulated nervous system.

Dr. Jennifer Franklin is a unique mind-body & gastro-psychologist (NC #4137; CA #PSY20709) inspired by her own personal experience of healing and recovering fully from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. She has been specializing in the treatment of disorders of gut-brain interaction and other psychophysiologic disorders since 2001 and offers a wealth of knowledge, expertise, training, experience, and insight. While managing symptoms is important, Dr. Franklin’s ultimate objective is to help people to heal and recover.


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