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How To Cope With Ibs
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Reduce stress: I know this sounds very simplistic.Ibs is a very serious illness but the tools your dr has are limited by you and your response to your "coping" mechanisms.This is a "stress illness".That does not negate any of it's severity in its impact on your quality of life but it does help you in helping finding the best tx options.Diet;what triggers?Exercise:more is better.Few drugs really help, bentyl? ...Read more
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
Finding balance: When your gut's grumpy, it's sending you a message that something's out of balance & needs help. Diet: any food triggers (caffeine, alcohol, fake sugars, wheat, gluten, dairy)? Fiber "the whites" vs whole grains, nuts&beans? Exercise: moving 30-60 minutes every day? Good rest? Stress? Balancing work/play? These all trigger ibs. Anti-spasm: rx, peppermint oil capsules. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No one knows: May be an issue in the "wiring" of the gut. Sometimes occurs after a GI infection: viral, bacterial, parasitic. Can be associated with things like migraine, anxiety, female sex, hormonal flux and sensitivity, family history. Can have food, emotional, hormonal triggers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This may be gross but I think my IBS is worse than just ibs. Anything I eat has the same effect and its always painful and urgent. What should I do?
IBS: Keep a journal of all everything you eat and your reactions to the foods. Information like this can help you and your doctor choose a diet that is right for you and your particular circumstances. Also, it is important that your doctor rules out other inflammatory bowel diseases such as crohn's and ulcerative colitis in addition to an infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
IBS, a primer: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, & among others 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
Fiber: Oddly enough, sometimes even diarrhea responds well to fiber which can act as a "bulking" agent and give stool more consistency and form. Metamucil is one name brand, and psyillium husks are also available, although there are plenty of generics. Constipation symptoms can be treated with fiber as well as laxative- such as miralax. Pro-biotics may be of benefit and are also available otc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Happy, not grumpy: Grumpy guts can be happier with good food choices: whole grains, fruits and veggies, limit caffeine & alcohol. Any food triggers like wheat? Keep a food journal. Exercise! get moving 30-60 minutes every day. Find balance/less stress. Make pause in your day. Peppermint oil capsules or rx for cramps. Feel better soon! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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