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A 48-year-old member asked:

What are signs of irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
IBS in a nutshell: Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies & contributants (see earlier healthtap answers). Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Symptoms seldom awaken the patient, may improve with stooling, & when uncomplicated are not accompanied by fever or bleeding.
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder without a known cause.  Empirically it is known that useful medications modify autonomic neural function.  My clinical research has discovered a group (N=20) of male extreme sport enthusiasts who suffer from IBS.  The unifying clinical finding was that they all had sacroiliac joint (SIJ) injury and hypermobility (subluxation) disorder (diagnosed via criteria published in the Occupational Disabilities Guidelines).  I speculate that SIJ hypermobility stimulates the pelvic presacral plexus & contained parasympathetic nerves that innervate the colon, inducing colon spasm and evacuation.  IBS highly correlates with fibromyalgia, which is likewise common in persons with SIJ subluxation disorder. The reason for a "spectrum of disorder" for fibromyalgia is that the cause, pelvic girdle instability due to pelvic ligament laxity, manifests differently in individuals & genders.  The body musculoskeletal tower is constantly stressed by gravity & a body tilted above an unstable pelvis incurs widely ranging chronic muscle spasm leading to varying densities of painful trigger points. The delicate female pelvis is more easily injured & women have an higher incidence of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (inherited trait) that contributes to pelvis instability.  Female pelvices are subject to varying intensities of permanent injury related to frequency of childbirth.  In both sexes, severity of fibromyalgia symptoms is a function of musculoskeletal deconditioning & upper body mass borne by an unstable pelvis.  On a Pain Board at Quora.com I discusses these dynamics, which are the true cause of fibromyalgia.  I also discuss my study of male extreme sport enthusiasts who have IBS. 
Jun 11, 2013

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Abd pain , alt BH: Abdominal pain with associated altered bowel habits (constipation, diarrhea or both).
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder without a known cause.  Empirically it is known that useful medications modify autonomic neural function.  My clinical research has discovered a group (N=20) of male extreme sport enthusiasts who suffer from IBS.  The unifying clinical finding was that they all had sacroiliac joint (SIJ) injury and hypermobility (subluxation) disorder (diagnosed via criteria published in the Occupational Disabilities Guidelines).  I speculate that SIJ hypermobility stimulates the pelvic presacral plexus & contained parasympathetic nerves that innervate the colon, inducing colon spasm and evacuation.  IBS highly correlates with fibromyalgia, which is likewise common in persons with SIJ subluxation disorder. The reason for a "spectrum of disorder" for fibromyalgia is that the cause, pelvic girdle instability due to pelvic ligament laxity, manifests differently in individuals & genders.  The body musculoskeletal tower is constantly stressed by gravity & a body tilted above an unstable pelvis incurs widely ranging chronic muscle spasm leading to varying densities of painful trigger points. The delicate female pelvis is more easily injured & women have an higher incidence of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (inherited trait) that contributes to pelvis instability.  Female pelvices are subject to varying intensities of permanent injury related to frequency of childbirth.  In both sexes, severity of fibromyalgia symptoms is a function of musculoskeletal deconditioning & upper body mass borne by an unstable pelvis.  On a Pain Board at Quora.com I discusses these dynamics, which are the true cause of fibromyalgia.  I also discuss my study of male extreme sport enthusiasts who have IBS. 
Jun 11, 2013
A 42-year-old member asked:

What should I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 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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A 31-year-old female asked:

How do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Maybe not IBS: The key to your answer: what symptoms, duration of distress, & recent evaluation. If you are awakening from sleep due to pain, your symptoms don't come & go (are unchanging & ever present or are actually worsening), there's bleeding/fever then it is unlikely you have irritable bowel syndrome. In such a case, further evaluation is warranted rather than you just taking symptom-based medicine.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How can you cure irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Diet and fluids: And pro-biotics seem to help if patient is compliant. Eat a high fiber diet, regular meal times and similar portions and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What is irritable bowel syndrome ?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 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.
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