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Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome Cause Serious Harm To Intestines
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
I am suffering from hand weakness... I have irritable bowel syndrome and B12 deficiency... Is that the cause of my severe hand weakness. I'm 19 years?
Surprising issues: Most cases of b-12 deficiency occur in older age group. Who made this diagnosis? Need to check b-12 and methyl melonic acid levels. If hand weakness on one or both sides, could be due to nerve compression at wrist or elbow, and may be carpal tunnel. See a well versed internist and address all of this. May be see a neurologist later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes: It can.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Ibs is not associated with a rash. There are many other GI conditions that mimic ibs which do cause a rash, including celiac disease (causes dermatitis herpetiformis) and inflammatory bowel disease (erythema nodosum). Check with your doctor to make sure you have been evaluated for these these conditions. Medication can certainly cause a rash as well. ...Read more
NO: Two different systems and physiologyGet a more detailed answer ›
Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
Can irritable bowel syndrome cause me to have use the restroom numerous times a day a long with stomach cramps?
Yes it can.: These symptoms are usually due to excessive spasm of the intestines. In the long run, increasing fiber in the diet can decrease the symptoms significantly. Sometimes fiber supplements help as well. If you do take fiber supplements, be sure to increase your fluid intake as well. Good luck. ...Read more
Not likely: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and/or constipation. The colon appears normal when examined on colonscopy. Because the lining is normal, absorption of nutrients is not impaired by IBS. Lack of vitamin D and B-12 can be due to lack of absorption due to other illnesses, or simply lack of sufficient ingestion via diet-B-12, and lack of sun-vitD. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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