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what is irritable bowel syndrome ?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Bowel disorder: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition where the intestinal tract is "sensative" to certain foods or other environmental factors (such as stress) and causes the intestinal tract to exhibit certain symptoms. These symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, and others. See your family doctor to make sure other conditions are not causing these symptoms.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
The defintition: Ibs is a funtional gastrointestinal disorder chracterized by some pain/cramping, altered bowel habits in the absence of specific/unique organic pathology/disease. Other symptoms common to ibs include bloating, gasiness, frequent/urge to have bm, early satiety, dyspepsia symptoms etc... Often = nuisances, but can be debilitating at times.. If u r concerned, consult doc.. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen commented
Family Medicine 23 years experience
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Sorry to hear of your trouble for so long...unfortunately, this can be debilitating for some and treatment can be difficult. I have quite a few patients suffering from this illness, but fortunately most are doing fairly well. I wish you luck..
Apr 13, 2013
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Multifactorial cause: Irritable bowel syndrome is the multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. The predominant symptoms like diarrhea cramps constipation are the result of autonomic nervous system instability. Pts like you may benefit from a metabolically directed approach check out mdwellnessmd.Com.
Dr. Alex Mompoint
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Irritable bowel....: Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that has been recognized to have an alteration in the brain-gut axis pathway. It is in the category of gastrointestinal disorders(GI) collectively known as functional bowel disorders. There is an association with trauma, psychological/psychiatric disorders. Gastroenteritis, food intolerance, chronic stress, and surgery could trigger it's onset or exacerbation
Dr. Nicole Bressler
Dr. Nicole Bressleranswered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Multifactorial cause: Irritable bowel syndrome is the multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. The predominant symptoms like diarrhea cramps constipation are the result of autonomic nervous system instability. Pts like you may benefit from a metabolically directed approach check out mdwellnessmd.Com.
Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs, or spastic colon) is a symptom-based diagnosis characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. As a functional gastrointestinal disorder (fgid), ibs has no known organic cause. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free.

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Who gets irritable bowel syndrome?

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Food allergies: People who eat food they are having hidden food allergy to gets irritable bowel syndrome.
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How to manage irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
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1st: fiber and water: A high fiber diet with sufficient amounts of water intake is the first line of management. You correctly identified that ibs is managed but not cured. Stress management is a powerful adjunct. There are some clinical trials investigating other forms of treatment. Poorly absorbed oralantibiotics are used in europe, but rarely in the us due to other risks.
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Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Proper diet and flui: Eat consistently every day both in time and types/quantity of foods, modest amount of fiber in diet, and drinking 80-100 ounces non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily.
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Any meds for irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Yes: Most experts recommend increasing fiber intake, including the use of fiber supplements. Osmotic laxatives, lubiprostone, and antispasmodic medications are used. Low dose tricyclic antidepressants and ssri medications can also be effective for ibs symptoms. See your doctor for additional help.
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I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
Diet and life style: irritable bowel syndrome a diagnosis made by exclusion that mean your doctor had to eliminate all other possibilities before assuming it is IBS IBS triggered by stress and foods manage your stress avoid food that triggered your symptoms each person might be effected by different food avoid dairy product, red meat, greasy food and raw vegetables exercise is a key to healthy digestive system

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