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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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause severe tingling in the feet?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause severe tingling in the feet?

Unlikely: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is unlikely to cause tingling of the legs. IBS will cause abdominal pain, bloating, alternating stool patterns but should not cause tingling of the legs. If this continues or worsens you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Why does irritable bowel syndrome cause severe burning pain in my feet?

Why does irritable bowel syndrome cause severe burning pain in my feet?

IBS?: I am not sure this is the cause of the burning pain in your feet. IBS does not usually cause this. Sounds like neuropathic pain but again, IBS not usually the cause of this. Could it be due to the procedures and surgery you had on your foot and leg? ...Read more

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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?

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 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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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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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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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause a person to sometimes have to pee a lot?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause a person to sometimes have to pee a lot?

Possible UTI: Ibs is probably not the cause of frequent urination. More likely would be a urinary tract infection ( uti). Drinking a lot of liquids, especially if they contain caffeine, will also cause frequent urination. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more