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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more

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The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . EGD/colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water/dy&food allergy testing ...Read more

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Who gets irritable bowel syndrome?

Who gets irritable bowel syndrome?

Anybody: Anybody. Ibs causes sudden onset diarrhea associated to stress, or to particular foods or beverages. Pts. With IBS may alternate episodes of constipation with episodes of diarrhea. It is very common to have flatulence, crampy abdominal pain. Spastic colon, irritable bowel, nervous stomach are the same. It is associated to anxiety. ...Read more

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What is irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis?

Two different things: Irritable bowel is abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation) without any distinct medical pathology. It can be treated with fiber supplements, peppermint oil, and other treatments. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach specifically, and the specific treatment is determined by the specific cause. What they have in common is that they are both a belly ache. ...Read more

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Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Can celiac disease cause irritable bowel syndrome?

Not likely: Celiacs occurs because of an allergic reaction to gluten. This reaction destroys the cells in your small intestine that absorb nutrients from your food. Ibs occurs when your digestive tract is not moving food along the way it should, giving you diarrhea, constipation or both. Celiacs may seem like ibs because they have similar symptoms. But one does not cause the other. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Can irritable bowel syndrome cause colon cancer?

Depends: Except many of the symptoms of IBS could actually be indicative of a colon cancer and many dietary irregularities associated with IBS can themselves increase your risk for colon cacner development. Ibs should be a diagnosis of excluding more serious diagnoses. ...Read more

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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

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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Which pains does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Which pains does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Usually crampy: Abdominal pains, bloating and diarrhea, constipation or both. That being said, many other diagnoses can present the same way, so you need a thorough history and exam and possible diagnostic testing to correctly make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is gas a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Is gas a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Gas due to IBS or...: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome effect children?

Can irritable bowel syndrome effect children?

Yes: Both irritable bowel syndrome as well as chrohn's disease can affect children. If you are suspicious, ask for a pediatric GI consult. ...Read more

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I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Diet and life style: irritable bowel syndrome a diagnosis made by exclusion that mean your doctor had to eliminate all other possibilities before assuming it is IBS IBS triggered by stress and foods manage your stress avoid food that triggered your symptoms each person might be effected by different food avoid dairy product, red meat, greasy food and raw vegetables exercise is a key to healthy digestive system ...Read more

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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

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How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

Clinically ...: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is characterised by abdominal pain, bloating and a change in bowel habit, or frequency present for at least 6 months. The pain is often eased by passing a stool, symptoms may be worse with eating. Your GP will take a history, examine the abdomen and likely order some blood tests to exclude other causes of abdominal pain and altered bowel habit. See http://patient.info/ibshealth#content ...Read more

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Is irritable bowel syndrome associated with infertility?

Is irritable bowel syndrome associated with infertility?

Yes: Like any chronic stress condition, ibs can affect ovulation fertility. Ibs rarely is associated with scar tissue and damage to fallopian tubes and uterus. Pregnancy is easiest to achieve when the illness is quiescent. A careful review of diet and nutrition is a good idea with ibs. ...Read more

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Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome?

Proper diet and flui: Eat consistently every day both in time and types/quantity of foods, modest amount of fiber in diet, and drinking 80-100 ounces non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily. ...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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What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome? I have diarhea every other morning and gas a lot.

What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome? I have diarhea every other morning and gas a lot.

Diarrhea/ gas: Keep a food diary may be food intolerances- can develop even after years. Consider avoiding dairy for a week .May be related to diabetes -neuropathy or medications (like metformin) Also since 51 consider colonoscopy . Check stool for malabsprption ( fecal fat ) make sure pancreas is functioning well. if no answer to all these and still have diarrhea check CT abd /pelvis F/u w/ doc/urgent care ...Read more

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Is gas a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Gas due to IBS or...: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more

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I have a lot of gas bloating and its hard to pass I know I have irritable bowel syndrome?

Over the counter: gas absorbants (eg GASX) which contain SIMETHACONE can be helpful Ask your PCP or Gastroenterologist! Other "tips" Do not: 1. Rush a meal (eating fast causes swallowed gas) 2, Talk while actually eating (same reason) 3..Drink liquids (esp carbonated ones) along with food REMEMBER GAS IN GAS OUT Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a fiber supplement that does not cause excess gas? I struggle a lot with irritable bowel syndrome.

Does anyone know of a fiber supplement that does not cause excess gas? I struggle a lot with irritable bowel syndrome.

Most do, because...: Some of the fiber is not digested, but fermented by bacteria that normally live in the gut..Insoluble fiber, like in wheat bran, may be less gassy than soluble fiber, like in oats. Other products such as polyethylene glycol, miralax, may be less gassy. ...Read more

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Bloat, gas, vague pain. Could it be possible that I have irritable bowel syndrome or ovarian cancer like dr oz says?

Either or neither: Both irritable bowel syndrome and ovarian cancer have vague abdominal symptoms, which may be why dr. Oz advised women with such symptoms to consult their doctors so that if it is ovarian cancer, it may be detected early. Consulting your doctor would be a good idea. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicines help with irritable bowel syndrome? My lower stomach burns and ACHES with gas pain every time I eat or drink milk.

What over the counter medicines help with irritable bowel syndrome? My lower stomach burns and ACHES with gas pain every time I eat or drink milk.

Lactose intolerance: 18 year old woman with burning and aching with gas every time she eats or drinks dairy products. Have you tried a lactase supplement? You may just have lactose intolerance. How are your bowel and bladder habits? Pain around the time of period? Diagnosed with IBS criteria? If so, have you tried a low FODMAP diet for 6-8 weeks? See a dietician.Read: http://tinyurl.com/jku9bqz ...Read more

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Slight pressure lower abdomen. Light pain. Tightness. Some rumbling and gas. NOT pregnant. No other symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome?

Slight pressure lower abdomen. Light pain. Tightness. Some rumbling and gas. NOT pregnant. No other symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome?

Is is IBS?: Among the most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or cramping, sensation of bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation with sometimes alternating bouts of each, and mucus in the stool. This may be gas pain. If trial of anti-gas meds fail, seek medical attention. Bleeding with stool, weight loss, and/or progressive abdominal pain requires prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are cures for irritable bowel syndrome?

Could you tell me what are cures for irritable bowel syndrome?

None: In order to cure a disease, doctors first need to know cause. Cause of ibs is unknown. Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) & Bentyl are prescription medications with known efficacy. Imo ibs is a functional problem caused by impingement of parasympathetic neural system within the pelvic presacral plexus. Pelvic girdle dysfunction from hypermobility is the culprit. There is no easy repair for this biomechanical problem. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many mgs of prednisone for irritable bowel syndrome?

Can you let me know how many mgs of prednisone for irritable bowel syndrome?

See below: Prednisone is used for inflammatory bowel syndrome not irritiable bowel syndrome. The amount of Prednisone varies according to how active the disease is. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines.Is dat life threatening?What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs.Thanks!

I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines.Is dat life threatening?What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs.Thanks!

Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet (keep a food diary) & emotional stress may be a factor but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, malabsorption. ...Read more

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Is it true that Sjogren's Syndrome can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel disorder? My rheumy hv told me & I get Braxidin for this reason..

Is it true that Sjogren's Syndrome can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel disorder? My rheumy hv told me & I get Braxidin for this reason..

Not exactly...: Irritable bowel syndrome is persistent bowel distress in the ABSENCE of a known physiologic cause. If your Sjogren's is the cause of your GI symptoms then by definition it is NOT IBS. It is bowel symptoms due to Sjogren's. Certainly Sjogren's can make existing IBS worse. ...Read more

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I know its irritable bowel syndrome-but please explain it to me?

IBS explained: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more

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Any remedy for irritable bowel syndrome? Please help me?

Any remedy for irritable bowel syndrome? Please help me?

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. IUC/CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS 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/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.TX: PROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis the same thing?

Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis the same thing?

Structure/Function.: Diverticulosis is an issue with the formation of outpouchings in the colon which can bleed or become infected. IBS is considered a functional issue, a hypersensitivity of the intestines to normal stimuli. ...Read more

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My doctor just told me today I have irritable bowel syndrome. Any tips on coping with it?

My doctor just told me today I have irritable bowel syndrome. Any tips on coping with it?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

No. Just similar: Sounding names. Ibs is a functional disorder that causes pain and motility problems such as diarrhea or constipation. Treatment is largely symptomatic. Ibd is an inflammatory disorder of unknown cause, such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This is a much more serious condition when you get it, and treatment could require anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and surgery. ...Read more

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I am a 64 year old woman, and my doctor has diagnosed me as having irritable bowel syndrome. What can I do?

R/O other diseases: Make sure you don't have celiac disease or colon cancer, then start trying stopping various foods to see if by trial and error you can find a diet that decreases the symptoms. ...Read more

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Who gets irritable bowel syndrome?

Anybody: Anybody. Ibs causes sudden onset diarrhea associated to stress, or to particular foods or beverages. Pts. With IBS may alternate episodes of constipation with episodes of diarrhea. It is very common to have flatulence, crampy abdominal pain. Spastic colon, irritable bowel, nervous stomach are the same. It is associated to anxiety. ...Read more

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Gas (Definition)

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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