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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Ibs Symptoms

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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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What foods may cause IBS symptoms?

What foods may cause IBS symptoms?

Wide variety: Ibs symptoms: abd pain, often diarrhea , alternating with constipation. Some are sensitive to carbohydrates in milk (lactose), fruit (fructose), other carbs in veggies like onions, artichokes, broccoli, grains, beans. Some are sensitive to alcohol, temp of foods, i.e. Cold, chocolate, fat content, carbonated beverages. Some are affected by menstrual cycle, stress, emotional triggers. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause IBS like symptoms ? And how long after quitting should I see improvement ?

Can smoking cause IBS like symptoms ? And how long after quitting should I see improvement ?

Kinda: Journal review of multiple articles shows no direct link with smoking, however, the group with the highest rate of IBS is young females who smoke. No specific timeframe was noted between stopping smoking and resolution of symptoms ...Read more

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Can quitting smoking cause IBS like symptoms (both diarrhea AND constipation few weeks after quitting)? And how long after should I see improvement?

Can quitting smoking cause IBS like symptoms  (both diarrhea AND constipation few weeks after quitting)? And how long after should I see improvement?

Nicotine: Stopping chronic nicotine use can definitely change your pattern of bm's leading to more sluggish bm's, but in your case you alternate sluggish with looser patterns of intestinal activity. Unless you can pinpoint certain foods or emotional factors which trigger symptoms, your bowel pattern should eventually normalize. ...Read more

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How can IBS cause so many symptoms? *what would be abnormal for ibs?* I put some symptoms in my last question that worry me despite IBS diagnosis

How can IBS cause so many symptoms? *what would be abnormal for ibs?*  I put some symptoms in my last question that worry me despite IBS diagnosis

Check everything!: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology. ...Read more

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Can IBS cause nerve tingling symptoms?

Other way: In some cases it is the other way around. I've seen a number of cases where the person develops a neuropathy (giving numbness and tingling in limbs) and also ibs symptoms. ...Read more

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Can IBS hurt in same place as appendicitis does can it also cause similar symptoms of appendicitis?

Can IBS hurt in same place as appendicitis does can it also cause similar symptoms of appendicitis?

It's possible: It's possible that IBS could cause pain in the right lower quadrant, but it's typically more generalized pain associated with bloating or cramping. ...Read more

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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?

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