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what is the definition or description of: irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. KT Park
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IBS: Ibs is diagnosed after all organic causes are ruled out (eg, infection, inflammation). Gi docs use a clinical criteria called rome iii. Pts must have abdominal pain/discomfort associated with 2 or more of the following at least 25% of the time: 1. Symptoms improve w defecation, 2. Stool frequency changes, 3. Stool appearance changes. Constipation-type vs diarrhea-type are two variants of ibs.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have irritable bowel syndrome, is there a cure?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 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 44 years experience
Very good answer
May 18, 2012
Dr. Garland Yarborough
Dr. Garland Yarborough commented
Gastroenterology 46 years experience
There is no cure for IBS
Sep 16, 2013
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is irritable bowel syndrome common in asia?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Lower in Asia: IBS is present in 10% to 20% of adults in the US. [2] one study conducted in a health maintenance organization population showed the prevalence of iIBS symptoms in respondents to be 19.5%. [3] the prevalence is similar in Europe, although it may be lower in Asia and Africa.
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A female asked:

What are the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Vary: IBS symptoms vary from patient to patient, but classically includes episodes of lower abdominal cramping, bloating, excessive flatus, and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

What foods and drinks are safe when you have IBS ( irritable bowel syndrome ) ???

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Hard to say: Unfortunately each case can be rather unique. One good idea is to avoid synthetic dyes like red #40, which is banned in some countries but often used in foods/drinks in the US. Up to 1/4 of adults have lactose intolerance so regular milk may be an aggravating factor. One way to monitor yourself is a food diary with selective avoidance or inclusion to see if an item triggers episodes.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

Hi I suspect I might have irritable bowel syndrome ?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
You might be right: However, irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion or in other words, a variety a possible conditions will have to be ruled out first. Talk to your doc about your symptoms.

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