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A 31-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are cures for irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
None: In order to cure a disease, doctors first need to know cause. Cause of ibs is unknown. Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) & Bentyl are prescription medications with known efficacy. Imo ibs is a functional problem caused by impingement of parasympathetic neural system within the pelvic presacral plexus. Pelvic girdle dysfunction from hypermobility is the culprit. There is no easy repair for this biomechanical problem.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How to tell if what I have is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or endmetriosis?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Symptoms: Ibs is chronic constipation/stool pattern including recurrent abdominal intestinal crampiness relieved by defecation several times each day. Endometriosis pain is like menstral cramps & more focused in pelvis, with discomfort intensifying around menses, which are terribly painful. In my experience both disorders include sacroiliac joint hypermobility as primary cause with autonomic dysregulation.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I have irritable bowel syndrome, is there a cure?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Control: Diet high in fiber, controll of the triggering event and consider treatment to improve the intestinal seratonin. There is some evidence supporting ibs as partially caused by aby serationin receptors in the GI tract . Treatments vary but controlling triggers and stress help control this. Some people have target organs for stress some have headache, stomach pain and some ibs.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Very good answer
May 18, 2012
Dr. Garland Yarborough
Dr. Garland Yarborough commented
undefined 47 years experience
There is no cure for IBS
Sep 16, 2013
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can you cure irritable bowel syndrome?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how I could know for sure if I have irritable bowel syndrome ?

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Dr. Richard Gould
A US doctor answeredLearn more
IBS: There is really no specific test for irritable bowel syndrome at this time. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. In-other-words, you have certain symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and/or constipation. A multitude of tests are done and nothing is found. What you can do is alter your diet and see if it helps. For example; eliminate wheat and/or dairy. Good luck!
A 49-year-old member asked:

What is a good cure for irritable bowel syndrome and the discomfort it causes?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Howard Cohen
Cardiac Electrophysiology 62 years experience
No cure: Sometimes the symptoms can be treated with medication for diarrhea for example, but also try to find foods that do not cause the symptoms. This is by trial and error, and most important make sure the diagnosis is not something else like celiac disease or cancer of the colon.

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