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Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), how to recover?

Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), how to recover?

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

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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Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with Crohn's disease?

Maybe: It is possible for underlying ibd to complicate post-operative care of patients requiring segmental colectomy for complicated diverticular disease (i.e. Perforation) especially when it comes to reversal in the setting of active ibd. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to pregnancy complications

Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to pregnancy complications

Pregnant IBS change: Many people think they have irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). They might have other milder conditions or possibly an early stage of a more serious condition. Keeping a food diary and discussing symptoms with an OB provider, gastroenterologist or nutritionist are good steps toward confirming the diagnosis, getting adequate nourishment for mom and baby and controlling symptoms. ...Read more

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I have irritable bowel syndrome. Will a clostridium difficile infection cause complications?

I have irritable bowel syndrome.  Will a clostridium difficile infection cause complications?

Maybe: Ibs patients not at any greater risk for complications from c. Diff. C. Diff infection commonest after exposure to antibiotics (any, even for short periods, and up to 2-3 months after exposure), hospitalization, nursing homes, ibd, chemotherapy. Can cause watery diarrheal illness, all the way to life threatening complications. Any question, see your doc. Get stool testing. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with diabetes?

Can diverticulitis and diverticulitis cause complications with diabetes?

Yes.: Diverticulitis, by definition, is a bacterial infection arising from a hole in the colon. Any infection may complicate the management of diabetes. ...Read more

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How will irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) differ from ibd?

How will irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) differ from ibd?

Not even close!: Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut. Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease complicate pregnancy?

Can celiac disease complicate pregnancy?

Celiac disease: It certainly can, as celiac disease can cause significant illness including malabsorption issues. It is necessary to obtain physicians that can treat the celiac disease as any pregnancy will probably be a high risk pregnancy if the celiac disease is not well controlled. ...Read more

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I have irritable bowel syndrome, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have irritable bowel syndrome, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Probably not: Rotavirus commonly affects young children rather than adults & causes watery diarrhea that usually goes away on its own in a few days. If you happened to get rotavirus, you will experience the same symptoms but it should not cause any long term complications. Your immune system will fight the virus. Drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes (ex gatorade) & see dr if it needed. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Can ulcerative colitis after having colostomy reversal surgery?

Not to worry: If there is no history of ulcerative colitis in the past there is no reason to believe a reversal procedure will precipitate one. If you did not have ulcerative colitis before surgery you don't have to worry about it after. ...Read more

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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

No: Ibs is a functional bowel disorder characterized by bowel hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, while ibd is a structural bowel disorder characterized by inflammation and ulceration. They are unrelated. ...Read more

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Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Can somebody's colon cancer mimic irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

Sometimes yes: Consult your doctor about your risks of cancer. Only way to know for sure is to get colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How is IBS diagnosed?

How is IBS diagnosed?

Rome Criteria: There is no lab test or procedure to diagnose ibs, but labs, xrays, colonoscopy, endoscopy can be used to rule out other conditions that are similar to ibs. Ibs is often diagnosed when one has the signs and symptoms of the rome criteria. These are criteria that experts have set up to diagnose ibs. ...Read more

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Crohn's disease( embarssment at gas)?

Crohn's disease( embarssment at gas)?

So difficult: I'm so sorry you are dealing with the embarrassment and pain of having too much gas. The best is to do what you can to get the disease under control with both western and complementary treatment modalities. The combination can help make the difference. ...Read more

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Diverticulitis and diverticulitis commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

Diverticulitis and diverticulitis commonly associated with irritable bowel syndrome?

Not really: Although there are some common symptoms between these, one doesn't cause the other. ...Read more

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18yo female, bloating and pain after eating, becoming worse. Have coeliac disease. Not reflux, pregnant, fecal overload, chrons disease, gall stones.

Food sensitivities: Consider checking for other food sensitivities. Gut takes at least 6 months to heal from gluten damage. Casein, the protein in milk, can also cross react with gluten. This is different from being lactose intolerant, and one can be intolerant to both lactose and casein. Consider also avoiding milk. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Can irritable bowel syndrome be associated with Crohn's disease

Yes: Remember , IBS is a syndrome that is characterized by symptoms, although there are some anatomical changes in these patients colons that have been identified. There is not a causative relationship between these two disorders. A person with undiagnosed chron's may have symptoms identical to ibs. Likewise, a person with IBS could also develop chron's. ...Read more

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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

Mostly history: Inflammatory bowel disease is just that - inflammation of the intestine that is visible at endoscopy (upper endoscopy or colonoscopy) or imaging. The inflammation often leads to poor function. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional problem. There is no sign of infection, inflammation, tumor, etc but it does not work properly. Things like caner, ulcers, need to be excluded. ...Read more

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Can IBS be mistaken for ulcerative colitis?

Can IBS be mistaken for ulcerative colitis?

Yes, on physical: Exam alone. Colonoscopy will almost always differentiate between the two. Consult a GI specialist for specific recommendation re: when you need to have this test. ...Read more

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Any meds for irritable bowel syndrome?

Any meds for irritable bowel syndrome?

Yes: Most experts recommend increasing fiber intake, including the use of fiber supplements. Osmotic laxatives, lubiprostone, and antispasmodic medications are used. Low dose tricyclic antidepressants and ssri medications can also be effective for ibs symptoms. See your doctor for additional help. ...Read more

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