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Can Food Preservatives Cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Aggravate, not cause:
Ibs patients can have food, emotional triggers; can vary with hormones/menstrual cycle.
Some are bothered by cold foods, "gassy" foods (beans, grains, broccoli, etc), fruit (fructose), milk sugar (lactose), fatty foods, carbonated beverages, etc.
Diet diary may help clarify, and help rx. ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Can irritable bowel syndrome cause food allergies? I am finding that nuts are causing problems when they didn't 2 months ago & developed wheat alergy.
Any tips on food habit and lifestyle to counter irritable bowel syndrome? What major things to avoid? ?
Irritable Bowel: A diet high in fiber such as bran, fruits and vegetables. Low fat, non-fried foods. Some people also have a lactose intolerance so it may be helpful to try lacy aid with dairy to see if that helps. I find that eating frequent small meals and eating when you don't feel well actually helps. ...Read more
Common Sense: Especially the very spicy ethnic foods are generally not good for ibs. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines. Is dat life threatening? What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs. Thanks!
Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet (keep a food diary) & emotional stress may be a factor but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, malabsorption. ...Read more
My father has recently been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). What foods and therapies can u suggest to cure this?
Stress reduction.: Since the cause for ibs is unknown (some studies showed that people with ibs has lower pain threshold in the bowel) but stress is considered an important factor, stress reduction (meditation?) would be the first step. A high fiber diet and regular exercise may also help. There are medications to reduce the symptoms but you will need a doctor since response to drugs vary from person to person. ...Read more
Hello!! I'm suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and my bowel hurts when I drink beer or I eat some food like chips. Should I take a painkiller when I feel this insufferable pain or should I take antispasmodic like buscopan? Also when I'm out every n
Avoid the foods: I think the best answer would be to avoid the beer and chips and opt for choices that don't cause insufferable pain. If you get the pain then either medication can help. Pain meds can cause constipation so if you have IBS that is predominantly constipation I would avoid opioid pain medications. ...Read more
Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other. ...Read more
Is it true that Sjogren's Syndrome can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel disorder? My rheumy hv told me & I get Braxidin for this reason..
Not exactly...: Irritable bowel syndrome is persistent bowel distress in the ABSENCE of a known physiologic cause. If your Sjogren's is the cause of your GI symptoms then by definition it is NOT IBS. It is bowel symptoms due to Sjogren's. Certainly Sjogren's can make existing IBS worse. ...Read more
Can my neurological disease of spinocelebar ataxia cause irritable bowel syndrome with. Constipation?
Can old (10yrs) shallow water diving accident (neck fracture) cause irritable bowel syndrome years later? Never had problem before fracture.
Probably not.: There's likely no relation between an old fracture & IBS, unless after the fracture you changed to a less healthy diet and continued it. IBS often shows up in middle age (early adulthood), & is related to long-term poor eating habits (High fat, high protein, low fiber diets). Other factors make it harder or easier to control too. Make sure other causes of diarrhea/constipation have been ruled out ...Read more
Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. Not genetic probably. ...Read more
my gut response to your question is no. But, stranger things have been known to happen.
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No: They are both due to the same cause, an irritable limbic brain system and the brainstem. This kind of symptom is extremely widespread, mainly because of so much "junk food" especially all the sweet stuff including sweeteners. Sounds different? It is! ...Read more
IBS: … is not a disease, as much as an abnormality of the function of your digestive tract. We do not know what causes it, and do not have a "cure" for it. Things that can help include increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and noting whether any particular foods make your symptoms worse, and obviously avoiding those if so. If it is still a problem in your daily life, then you should see your physician to discuss it. ...Read more
Doubtful.: Whole those conditions could coexist in the same person, one would not beget the other. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
? stress;? hormones: Stress, emotions, conditioning, psychologic traits, bacteria contribute to development of ibs. Brainstem reflexes induced by eating are sometimes exaggerated in ibs. Gut tone & sensation, as well as GI transit, are influenced by hormones & neurotransmitters. In ibs patients alteration in brain-gut pathways can affect perception of bowel distension, cause painful spasm, & modify transit of food. ...Read more
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IBS: IBS generally does not cause weight loss and this is one of the clues we use to distinguish it from inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, malignancy, other diarrhea casesetc. Obviously if a patient with IBS purposely withholds calories in an effort to control symptoms, weight loss will occur. If you have otherwise unintended weight loss you should be evaluated by your physician for diagnosis ...Read more
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