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Intestine (Definition)

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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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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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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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?

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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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Ibs is diagnosed after all organic causes are ruled out (eg, infection, inflammation). Gi docs use a clinical criteria called rome iii. Pts must have abdominal pain/discomfort associated with 2 or more of the following at least 25% of the time: 1. Symptoms improve w defecation, 2. Stool frequency changes, 3. Stool appearance changes. Constipation-type vs diarrhea-type are ...Read more


Gas (Definition)

"gas" is, of course, a phase of matter - the air we breathe is a gas. In a medical context, "gas" can refer to having too much gas in the bowels, causing burping, or cramping in the belly. It also can refer to flatulence, ...Read more