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Do certain foods cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Do certain foods 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

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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.

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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.

Vice versa: Food allergy may induce symptoms similar to ibs but ibs does not lead to food allergy. The best approach is avoidance of the offending foods and perhaps consult an allergist who can help you sort out whether your problem is from wheat allergy or gluten intolerance. ...Read more

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Any tips on food habit and lifestyle to counter irritable bowel syndrome? What major things to avoid? ?

Any tips on food habit and lifestyle to counter irritable bowel syndrome? What major things to avoid? ?

Home treatment: may be the best way to manage the symptoms.
Pay attention to diet, fiber supplements, exercise, and stress management should help keep your symptoms under control. They may even keep your symptoms in remission. Take care. ...Read more

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What foods are good for Irritable bowel syndrome?

What foods are good for Irritable bowel syndrome?

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

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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!

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

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My father has recently been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). What foods and therapies can u suggest to cure this?

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

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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

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

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Does consuming honey cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Does consuming honey cause irritable bowel syndrome?

No, but...: Honey contains fructose, which some people don't digest well. It may cause gas, bloat, cramps in some people. These are also symptoms of ibs, generally along with pain. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

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

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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..

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

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Can old (10yrs) shallow water diving accident (neck fracture) cause irritable bowel syndrome years later? Never had problem before fracture.

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

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Can you tell me is irritable bowel syndrome caused by poor genes?

Can you tell me is irritable bowel syndrome caused by poor genes?

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

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Which pains does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Which pains does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Usually crampy: Abdominal pains, bloating and diarrhea, constipation or both. That being said, many other diagnoses can present the same way, so you need a thorough history and exam and possible diagnostic testing to correctly make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is irritable bowel syndrome cause a false RPR test?

Is irritable bowel syndrome cause a false RPR test?

Syphilis testing: Hi

my gut response to your question is no. But, stranger things have been known to happen.
There is an epidemic of syphilis in america and one should not ignore this dangerous infection. If you are sexually active you should have regular tests for the common stds, especially those that can be deadly such as HIV and syphilis. If you have a positive test for syphilis please get the treatment. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause serious harm to intestines?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause serious harm to intestines?

No: By definition, ibs is characterized by normal appearing bowel lining, but it's symptoms can be quite disabling. Diseased appearing bowel lining usually means a different diagnosis like ibd (crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, behcet's for example). ...Read more

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Irritable bowel syndrome and painful sex. Does one cause the other?

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

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What causes irritable bowel syndrome and do you have it the rest of your life?

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

Autonomic Disorder: Cause unknown, many speculations. My own observations indicate that excess pelvic parasympathetic nerve stimulation leads to irritable bowel symptoms. See my complete discussion on my chronic pain board at quora. Com. ...Read more

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What are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome?

What are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome?

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

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What is the cause of irritable bowel syndrome in young women?

? 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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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause weight loss?

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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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause weight loss?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause weight loss?

Weight loss: Weight-loss is not a normal symptom of IBS. If you have persistent unexpected weight loss, you should discuss this with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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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