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Causes For Ibs
Okay, here goes...: To answer in 400 keystrokes: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please ; get checked--don't guess. ...Read more
Erythema nodosum for a year. tested for all possible causes any ideas?
Also, ongoing issues with bloating and stomach pain.
Not enough fluids: Fiber be it dietary or supplemental should be thought of as concrete mix from home depot. If you add the right amount of water it is not runny like diarrhea or hard from not drinking enough fluids or from excess caffeine and alcohol. More fiber without drinking fluids will make constipation worse. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which contribute to constipation. Need a minimum of 80-100 oz/day. ...Read more
What can cause diarrhea and abdominal discomfort? Is there a blood test for irritable bowel syndrome?
Many causes/ No: There is no blood test for irritable bowel syndrome. It is a diagnosis made by excluding other serious causes of intestinal disease. You should have a colonoscopy, ct scanning of the abdomen, endoscopy to rule out celiac disease, and certain blood tests to look for autoimmune disorders. In many cases all of these studies will be negative, and irritable bowel syndrome will be the diagnosis. Goo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mebeverine can: ..cause indigestion, more so the tablets that use sucrose (table sugar) or lactose (milk sugar) as a filler AND you're lactose or sucrose intolerant. IBS does NOT typically nausea, vomiting, weight loss, blood in the stool or change in the COLOR of the stool. Symptoms like these suggest something else is wrong. Please follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
Several: The first is dietary. See if you can identify any dietary triggers and eliminate them from your diet. Foods containing fermentable oligo, di-, mono saccharides and polyols (FODMAP) could be the culprit. See http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ Your physician may be able to prescribe one of several antispasmodic drugs. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain?any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis
Chest/stomach pain: There are several conditions from reflux to ulcer disease to heart attack can all cause these types of symptoms. Lung conditions can also cause this. You should see your primary care physician. General if you are feeling well then it is most likely a stomach vs esophagus issue. If you are feeling bad you should be seen by a doctor immediately to rule out more serious causes. ...Read more
Causes of diarrhea: First define the problem (soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea develops (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals/infections, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on the above. ...Read more
Depends...: It depends what variant of ibs you have. If due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. If you're female with severe diarrhea-associated ibs, consider Lotronex under the prescriber's program. For constipation-variant disease, Amitiza & Linzess are effective & well-tolerated. Frequency, timing, & duration of symptoms? Bleeding? Sure you have ibs? ...Read more
Depends on etiology: Treatment of chronic colitis which is referred to as inflammation of colon, cecum and rectum. The treatment depends on the etiology. Two common ulcerative colitis and crohns disease also referred to as inflammatory bowel disease are treated with drugslike sulphasalazine, mesalazine, steroids, i mmunosuppressive therapy like azathioprine, infiximab&adalimumab, sverere cases surgery may be. And supportive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Individualize diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more
GI Symptoms with UTI: Any antibiotics taken for infections, does disturb/ alter gastro intestinal flora. Strong antibiotics does cause gastric upset. By their action on intestinal flora, they cause diarrhea, as well. Diarrhea, if associated with fever & nausea/ vomittings, that is a sign of claustridium defficile infection. A very serious situation, needs attention immediately. ...Read more
Irritable bowel: Whatever works! seriously, a trial and error of various things will reveal to you what is bothering you and those are the things you should avoid - however, irritable bowel cannot be diagnosed without a colonoscopy and extensive workup to make sure that nothing else is being missed! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Similar symptoms: Main symptoms include tummy pain, bloating, flatulence, or diarrhea. Can also cause vomiting and audible bowels lactose is a sugar present in milk, and needs a special chemical produced by the small bowels to be digested When this chemical is lacking the lactose pass quickly to the large bowel where it is either converted to fat, fermented or remain unchanged causing the above symptoms ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is LDN a good therapy for chronic illness, especially gut trouble (nausea, cramps, IBS symptoms) but also chronic fatigue and headaches?
???LDN????: What is this?????? Ask again without the INITIALS! ...Read more
Chronic bloating recurrent yeast infections. Ibs-c can there a connection here? Ibs meds do no relief either.
CFS: While holistic methods are often employed., the results are unpredictable since we are unsure of the cause of cfs. Many cases are improperly diagnosed to begin with. In my practice only 10% of individuals who think they have it actually do. Check out http://www.Cfids.Org/ to get different ideas of research in the field. ...Read more
Can endometriosis cause pain around belly button? Tested for bacteria, ulcers, celiac. All negative. Searching for possibilities.
Intestinal parasites: Diarrhea is usually caused by parasites living in the intestines. These can be unicellular like amoeba or giardia, or can be multicellular like worms. They can also invade other tissues at times and can make the host anemic or cause other chronic problems, so they should be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Symptomatic persons should seek diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
IBS & Bladder: Read this article http://ibs.About.Com/od/relatedconditions/a/ibs-and-bladder-problems.Htm which summarizes the issue as well as i've seen. It is best to consult your doctor to try to get a handle on the problems, so you can try to achieve some relief from these annoying symptoms. ...Read more
Have symptoms of IBSc for 4months. ldl has jumped 50pts from 6 months ago. no other changes to explain cause.. can ibs cause increase in ldl?
Likely backwards:: LDL are complex particles; typically carry ~3,000-6,000 fat molecules/particle in the water outside cells around the body, giving cells access to fat they can take in. LFHC foods strongly associated with ?ed LDL concentrations & trends to ?ed IBS because we are H20 based creatures & http://goo.gl/uDGIwD. Alternatively LCHF foods have the opposite pattern. Get NMR lipoprotein test, study my answers ...Read more
Symptom based diag: Its characterized by chronic cramping, abdominal pain, bloating and alternating constipation and diarrhea.Diagnosis of exclusion. It may occur after an infection , stressful event, or onset of maturity.No cure. Diet execise, hydration, avoid sleep deprivation.Psych meds with stress reduction education. A full work up should be done before making this dx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brand name lipator vs generic atorvastatin: IBS under control until 17 days after taking generic. Could that be cause of IBS flaring up?
IBS flare: Gemfibrozil (lopid) might increase flatulence, as well as loose bowel movements. If that is what you mean by ibs flare up. You should also be concerned about symptoms like pain, nausea and vomitting that could be related to pancreatitis that is a known complication from the use of gemfibrozil. ...Read more
Is it possible that years of medication like, anti depressants & mood stabilizers and their side effects caused my ibs? How can I reduce IBS symptoms?
Caused or uncovered?: Certain meds can aggravate or uncover ibs, which tends to have genetic roots. Chronic antidepressant and mood stabilizer use plus stresses of chronic illnesses themselves may be a double dose of ibs stress. Stress alone can trigger ibs. Reducing stress of mood disorders with meds that could awaken ibs is a mixed blessing but the illnesses without meds is worse. Consult a GI specialist for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any treatment for visceral hyperalgesia? I've read the research for this has not been proven as a cause of IBS?
Visceral Hyperalgesi: is another (fancy) was of decribing "Sensitive Bowels" a term which is old fashioned and used to describe a WIDE RANGE of Bowel disorders presenting as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS). See a GI Doc with an interest in this disorder which NOW has a number of excellent treatments! Hope this helps! DrZ ...Read more
Stress makes everything worse. Why is this used as a diagnostic reason for the cause of IBS? They said the same thing about ulcers.
Because it is true: Our bodies react to stress w/ cellular preparation for flight or fight. All systems are affected. Energy is released to muscles, circulation and respiration peaks. It's harder to run or fight w/ full gut/bladder - so they are voided. Released hormones are irritating if exposure is chronic and brain chemicals too are altered. So, we try to reduce, avoid or manage stress. Right? Therapy helps. ...Read more
All not powerful: You want to try different ones and see what is best for you. From joghurt to kefir to health food store tablets. Keep in mind that all are not too powerful. See what is best for you, there is no exact science. Florastor is one that I have seen to be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In some cases...: If you have ibs due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)--antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. Sibo may also occur from anatomic variations in the small bowel, altered small bowel motility, or a variety of systemic conditions that prevent permanent cure (e.g. The bacteria just grow back). Xifaxan (rifaximin) is also helpful for c.Difficile in appropriate dose ; settings. ...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
I've had abdominal pain on my left side since last summer my doctor said its IBS but i don't think this much pain is caused by IBS what else could it be?
Go back to your doctor.: Certainly irritable bowel syndrome can cause a significant amount of pain in the abdomen – that is one of the primary symptoms of ibs. However, if your pain remains severe and is not being treated well with the regimen that your doctor suggested, then further changes need to be made in your treatment plan. Go back to see your doctor or ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Unintentional weight loss probably cause of IBS. No diarrhea or blood. Eating more doesn't help. No Celiac Disease. Any suggestion? Lost 7-8 pounds.
Curious how long after swallowing a Zofran 4mg or 8mg pill does it have the effect of vomit prevention if taken at the onset of nausea caused by IBS?
That: depends upon whether you have an empty stomach! A full or partially filled stomach will delay the absorbtion of the medication...other wise 30 minutes should start the pill's effect(s) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more