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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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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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I'm dealing with IBS with incapacitating pain. The two gastroenterologist who see me didn't help me much. What else can I do for my condition?

I'm dealing with IBS with incapacitating pain. The two gastroenterologist who see me didn't help me much. What else can I do for my condition?

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

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Been dealing with ibs with diarrhea for years. On again and off again. Going through a spell now. What can I take daily to help over the counter?

Been dealing with ibs with diarrhea for years.  On again and off again.  Going through a spell now.  What can I take daily to help over the counter?

Trial and error: Since this has been a problem, you probably know which foods are triggers for your IBS. Frequently, these include caffeine, tobacco, lactose, fructose, gluten, legumes. Loperamide is an otc anti-diarrheal agent that can help to decrease pain and urgency as well. Let your doctor know if you begin using it. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with IBS for years. I have met several doctors. Is there any way to reduce sensitivity of my stomach?

IBS: No one knows what causes irritable bowel syndrome, therefore there are no one size fits all rxs. I had it when i was young and it all but went away when i was older (around 30), stopped eating red meat, and developed more self-confidence.You can try digestive enzymes with meals, probiotics; but try eliminating red meat for at least 3 months and be aware of your emotions - maybe there's a connection. ...Read more

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Can there be anyone out there dealing with crohn's, ibs, ibd, or uc and has it under control?

Can there be anyone out there dealing with crohn's, ibs, ibd, or uc and has it under control?

Yes: The majority of pts with inflamatory bowel disease can be well managed iwht medications and occasionally surgery for problems and complications. Actually irritable bow is much harder but may respond to probiotis as a first line treatment. ...Read more

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I've got delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. What can I do?

I've got delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. What can I do?

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

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What to do if I have delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. what can I do?

What to do if I have delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. what can I do?

R/O IBS: IBS diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should ditch to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. What can I do?

What do you suggest if I have delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. What can I do?

Irritable bowel: I would recommend that you take Aloe Vera juice, a high quality probiotic, and L Glutamine 3 times a day. ...Read more

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When i'm stressed/dealing with a major life change, i get bloated & diarrhea. Can this be IBS & how is it treated?

This is possibly: Ibs, which is often a reaction to stress. There are medications and psychological treatments that can help. ...Read more