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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)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...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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Could undiagnosed endometriosis cause IBS type symptoms? I have horrible heavy periods, terrible cramping etc +IBS type issues wondering if related?

Could undiagnosed endometriosis cause IBS type symptoms? I have horrible heavy periods, terrible cramping etc +IBS type issues wondering if related?

Yes: It is possible that IBS symptoms can be related to Endometriosis if the implants are attached or nearby the intestine. Get examined by a GYN MD and/or a Gastroenterologist for answers. ...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

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Which causes IBS to be so different to Crohn's disease or coeliac, symptom wise?

Which causes IBS to be so different to Crohn's disease or coeliac, symptom wise?

Symptom wise: It is difficult. Both can cause diarrhea. In general a good history, lab tests and sometimes biopsies will tell you the diagnosis. If everything comes back normal, then you may try what is called an elimination diet and record which foods bother you more than others and you will be surprised how often people get better if they ear correctly. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause pain IN My bellybutton right in the middle I've been having IBS symptoms for 4 months now & I've gotten this pain once in while?

Yes, possibly: Yes it can. However in young females there could be many other reasons for pain in the abdomen. You can try some Miralax (polyethylene glycol) OTC 1-2 scoops daily as needed for constipation and if pain keeps recurring, you will need to see a doc. ...Read more

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Could IBS cause vomiting? If so what else are the symptoms, if not what are all the symptoms

Could IBS cause vomiting? If so what else are the symptoms, if not what are all the symptoms

IBS signs/symptoms: 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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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?

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 more

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3/13 began microgestrin stopped due 2 side effects.5/13gastro symp began6/13 gallbladder out, symptoms continue 11/13dx IBS &gasrtrioparisis.Caused by pill?

Not usually: However, the symptoms you are having are related to fertile women who have had the weight loss and weight gain associated with pregnancy. It sounds like you may have something called bile reflux. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can Thyroid problems cause symptoms similar to IBS?

Can Thyroid problems cause symptoms similar to IBS?

Possible: thyroid problems can cause many symptoms that are non-specific. The only way to know is to measure thyroid hormone levels in the lab. If they are normal, then you will know you do not have a thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Not really.: Ibs causes abd distention, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea like symptoms. Your symptoms sound typical of reflux disease. Avoid spicy food, chocolates, coffee, eat small meals, and take anti ulcer meds. Reflux symptoms could be from a hiatal hernia as well which is diagnosed by either an upper GI contrast study or egd. Follow up with a GI doc if symp not goinng away. ...Read more

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Can ibs even mild cause body fatigue? Compl normal blood results but on and off fatigue and only other symptom is bm urgency

Can ibs even mild cause body fatigue? Compl normal blood results but on and off fatigue and only other symptom is bm urgency

IBS signs/symptoms?: 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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I suffered 4 months ago with really bad anxiety , depression , panick attacks could this have caused me to develope IBS ? I have all the symptoms !

Maybe, maybe not: Are you sure it is IBS? This is a classic situation showing how critically important is to have a thorough (extensive) intake with your doctor to go over all your problems, and the time course of those problems, as well as all the ancillary history. It is imperative to avoid "knee-jerk" diagnosis which insurance companies push us to make by rewarding fast appointments. ...Read more