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what is a good treatment for ibs?

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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. Antonino Mannone
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
I fully agree. In some circumstances I prescribe also anticholinergics to reduce the cramping pains when they interfere with daily life. Some benefit also frm a combination of anticholinergics and mil d sedative before dinner time.
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Treat, or live with?: With no one clear treatment IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is an invitation to experience ourselves as complex organism in an ever adaptive close relationship with our environment. A routine, time to sit and eat, to take note of how we feel, healthy food choices, modest amounts, awareness of foodstuffs that may trigger symptoms, perhaps low FODMAP? Check patient.info IBS for more information.

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Does IBS worsen as you grow older?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Check my blog if you need further info - http://metametrix.Blogspot.Com igg second line of response. Serum immunoglobulins. Igg1 - shortterm (igg1 has 1-2 half life) response to food allergy then there is igg4 response- long term exposure(igg4 has 21-30 days half life). Prolonged exposure to food allergens - exposure to antigen stimulates igg1 response to - igg4 response inbody - sorry technical.
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How is IBS diagnosed?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Rome Criteria: There is no lab test or procedure to diagnose ibs, but labs, xrays, colonoscopy, endoscopy can be used to rule out other conditions that are similar to ibs. Ibs is often diagnosed when one has the signs and symptoms of the rome criteria. These are criteria that experts have set up to diagnose ibs.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are some of the psychological treatments available for ibs?

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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Controversial: The effectiveness of psychological treatments are still being debated. Hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, stress reduction counseling, psychosocial counseling, meditation and guided-imagery techniques have all had some success. It is not yet possible to predict which patients will respond to this type of treatment. A close doctor-patient relationship is also helpful.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the complications of ibs?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
GI Sx, hit lifestyle: Can cause pain, bloat, diarrhea, constipation. Might impact lifestyle, interactions at home, work. Generally does not cause weight loss, bleeding, anemia, or problems outside the gut, e.g. Eye, skin, joint, liver problems as may occur with ibd. No increased risk of cancer, as there is with ibd. Generally no need for surgery.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What foods may cause IBS symptoms?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Wide variety: Ibs symptoms: abd pain, often diarrhea , alternating with constipation. Some are sensitive to carbohydrates in milk (lactose), fruit (fructose), other carbs in veggies like onions, artichokes, broccoli, grains, beans. Some are sensitive to alcohol, temp of foods, i.e. Cold, chocolate, fat content, carbonated beverages. Some are affected by menstrual cycle, stress, emotional triggers.

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