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How come people with irritable bowl syndrome (ibs) aren't supposed to take fiber?

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Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 41 years experience
Increased "gas": Some fiber sources, psyllium seed seems especially bad, tend to increase gas and bloating. If you have a problem that already gives you gas and bloating then these symptoms can increase with increases in some types of fiber. Other fiber sources might be ok and could be helpful.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Why might it be that people with irritable bowl syndrome (ibs) can't take fiber?

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Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 15 years experience
It depends: Many times our choice of specific therapies is based mainly upon symptoms and response to empiric trials when it comes to ibs as there are many causes. This is why working closely with your primary care doctor as well as gastroenterology can determine the best course of action.

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