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How is IBS diagnosed?

How is IBS diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Anxiety and IBS and travelling in a car for an hour, what do you suggest?

Anxiety and IBS and travelling in a car for an hour, what do you suggest?

Consider acupuncture: Asp (semi-permanent) acupuncture needles that remain in place for up to seven days at a time - can help with both anxiety and your GI symptoms. ...Read more

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Is 1 inch diameter thin for a stool?Is mucus in stool anxiety related-ibs? I am 25 and no other symptomes than thin stool and mucus

Is 1 inch diameter thin for a stool?Is mucus in stool anxiety related-ibs? I am 25 and no other symptomes than thin stool and mucus

1" may not be small: A primary care doctor of a G.I. Doctor can evaluate by getting all the details and examining the anus and rectum. One inch doesn't sound too small. The doctor can discuss about the mucus to see if it is more than normal, which might suggest there is a problem. ...Read more

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How can you stop the feeling of going to take a poop in public can this be from anxiety or Ibs? I'm always thinking about this before I go out

How can you stop the feeling of going to take a poop in public can this be from anxiety or Ibs? I'm always thinking about this before I go out

This may be a form: of social anxiety. Please see your doc and if GI issues are ruled out a clinical psychologist can be helpful. When we feel out of control we can become anxious and obsessive. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety related IBS with diarrhoea, could Xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien be making it worse as when i take them the anxiety goes away butmybellyissore?

I suffer from anxiety related IBS with diarrhoea, could Xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien be making it worse as when i take them the anxiety goes away butmybellyissore?

IBS/anxiety d/o: You need to discuss this with the GI doctor seeing you. Both of these medications have potential for addiction and should not be taken without a clear indication. If they treat your anxiety effectively they are not likely to be responsible for abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause IBS ? Can IBS cause mucus in stool and indigestion at same time for more than two months ?

Anxiety can play a: Part in ibs and other stomach problems. Certainly there are other causal factors, however learning stress management techniques can improve your condition. Consult with a psychologist to learn ways to reduce anxiety and stress in your life. ...Read more

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Being treated for anxiety and ibs. stomach gets upset bloated gasy and urgency to go bathroom. on Xanax (alprazolam) and bentyl is that ok?

Being treated for anxiety and ibs. stomach gets upset bloated gasy and urgency to go bathroom. on Xanax (alprazolam) and bentyl is that ok?

Hard to say: without knowing your full health history, and what else has been tried, impossible to give good advice. The best treatment for IBS, especially when associated with anxiety, is to treat the anxiety effectively. Benzos, including Xanax, (alprazolam) are NOT the first line treatment for chronic anxiety. Psychotherapies of various kinds and SSRI/SNRI medications are generally better. Increase fiber in your diet. ...Read more

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I have experienced anxiety attacks nearly every night, lack of sleep and acid reflux (never had before). Stress, general anxiety disorder, ibs, gerd?

I have experienced anxiety attacks nearly every night, lack of sleep and acid reflux (never had before). Stress, general anxiety disorder, ibs, gerd?

Need evaluation: You need a comprehensive evaluation. New onset of reflux is not necessarily related to anxiety. Ibs includes other symptoms you do not mention. Gad is a chronic maladaptive response to stress and stress is inevitable. There could also be other physical conditions and your doctor needs to know about any drug or alcohol use as well as any prescribed or otc medications. ...Read more

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Burning pain right side moving into lower back.Had CT scan for kidney stones, negative.I had a UTI , had antibiotics for it.I have anxiety and ibs.?

Burning pain right side moving into lower back.Had CT scan for kidney stones, negative.I had a UTI , had antibiotics for it.I  have anxiety  and ibs.?

Maybe: Without other symptoms, cannot even try to offer a reasonable diagnosis; but other options, diverticulitis, retrocecal appendicitis, pelvic or other bowel inflammatory disease, and interstitial cystitis come quickly to mind. A careful abdominal and pelvic exam with a CBC and perhaps some other common tests will help to diagnose this. ...Read more

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How do I know if my problems are anxiety related, or ibs?

Don't know what : Your symptoms are. They might be related to both anxiety and irritable bowel or either one separately. Medical evaluation may help to determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Got anxiety & IBS been good lately, today went trampolining after months of no exercise, felt sick from jumping, 2 hours later low abdo Pain, related?

Got anxiety & IBS been good lately, today went trampolining after months of no exercise, felt sick from jumping, 2 hours later low abdo Pain, related?

No Exercise and IBS: Thank you for your inquiry. Even though lately the IBS and anxiety symptoms appear controlled, the trampolining after months of no exercise combined with these conditions may be responsible for you feeling sick and the subsequent pain. If these symptoms persist, however, I would definitely consult with your primary care doctor. I hope things have improved since then. ...Read more

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I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

I was Dx w/IBS younger. Im 28. What causes variation in stool size & shape excluding cancer? Could tension/anxiety/IBS cause the change? Why? Thank yo

See answer: altered bowel habits is a feature of IBS and relates to several factors including spasms of the bowel, altered bacterial environment, and sensitivity to certain food triggers. For many IBS patients, stress/anxiety seem to provoke the already sensitive nerves and can flare up their IBS symptoms. More info here: http://www.uptodate.com/contents/irritable-bowel-syndrome-beyond-the-basics Good luck! ...Read more

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I always get tight feeling/squeezing under both ribs near my sides just towards the colon bends can this be my anxiety/IBS?

Yes: Abdominal and rib discomfort on both sides at the same time is usually from the bowel, with your history. Only if bending to one side, or coughing relieves it, should you think of other things. ...Read more

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47 yr, anxiety, panic attacks, ibs, GERD belching, just started took braggs vinegar a few times and previcad for 13 days. Prevacid (lansoprazole) did not work. Why?

Stop the vinegar: Since vinegar is acidic, using it may not help you neutralize the stomach acid. In addition, Prevacid (lansoprazole) is degraded rapidly in an acidic environment. This is the reason the contents of a Prevacid (lansoprazole) capsule contains microbeeded technology to protect the active ingredient from stomach acid. Adding more acid, vinegar, may overwhelm this technology and render the prevaid less effective. ...Read more

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Delayed wound healing, bounding pulse, indigestion, and anxiety. diangosis include IBS and diabetes. 21 y/o male, 120 lb. Is it pheochromocytoma ?

Delayed wound healing, bounding pulse, indigestion, and anxiety. diangosis include IBS and diabetes. 21 y/o male, 120 lb.  Is it pheochromocytoma ?

Unlikely. : Typical features of pheochromocytoma would be facial flushing and difficult to control hypertension. Another possible diagnosis for anxiety and bounding pulse with weight loss could be hyperthyroidism. Bounding pulse and poor wound healing are not typically associated with ibs. ...Read more

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An adolescent has frequent yellow/pale stool. Could this be caused by anxiety/IBS? Pancreatic cancer?

An adolescent has frequent yellow/pale stool. Could this be caused by anxiety/IBS? Pancreatic cancer?

The answer to...: ...your question is Yes and Yes, although the likelihood of pancreatic cancer here is very low. Reassurance & appropriate treatment are easy to obtain--call your doctor for examination and directed lab studies please. ...Read more

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Stomach problems for 3 yrs now. gas, diahrea, constipation, bloating, and anxiety. diagnosed with IBS/strep b and now taking probiotic. sleepy a lot?

Stomach problems for 3 yrs now. gas, diahrea, constipation, bloating, and anxiety. diagnosed with IBS/strep b and now taking probiotic. sleepy a lot?

GI symptoms: Please continue to see your doctor. Ask him/her about getting food sensitivity lab test. Great Plains Laboratory in KS has a good one. You may be ingesting a food that doesn't agree. This is sometimes something we crave. Wheat and diary tend to be at the top of the list. A nutritionist can help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Gi says recent stomach issues are anxiety/ibs. Didn't think i was stressed but could this explain muscle twitches, throbby headache (worse lying down/moving), needle-like zaps of pain in fingers+toes?

Partly but...: I don't know any health condition that is not aggravated by stress, but docs often blame symptoms on stress when they can't find other causes. You have classic symptoms of magnesium deficiency- low on most docs' radar, not easy to test for but safe & simple to try taking magnesium- see http://bit.Ly/1dpai09 stress causes magnesium deficiency which can cause anxiety- a vicious cycle. See comment:. ...Read more

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I have horrible depression and anxiety and now it has caused me physical problems like ibs. Will controlling depression/anxiety help relieve my ibs?

I have horrible depression and anxiety and now it has caused me physical problems like ibs. Will controlling depression/anxiety help relieve my ibs?

Possibly: As far as i know, the exact cause of ibs is unknown, although there are many contributing factors such as faulty communication between the brain and intestines, genetics, hormones, and stress. Reducing stress, regardless of the source, in conjunction with diet modifications, can only help. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more