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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)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more


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I suffer from ibs. How can I cope with this?

I suffer from ibs. How can I cope with this?

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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I was "diagnosed" with ibs, what can I do to cope?

I was "diagnosed" with ibs, what can I do to cope?

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 (dicyclomine)? ...Read more

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Is IBS chronic?

Is IBS chronic?

It can be: chronic ?kr?n?k (of an illness) "persisting for a long time or constantly recurring" In people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) the tendency to abdominal pain / bloating with bouts of diarrheoa or constipation can persist for some time, and indeed recur. The severity of symptoms however varies from person to person. Many people do achieve a degree of control over symptoms. See patient.info IBS ...Read more

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What exactly is ibs?

What exactly is ibs?

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.com The SX wax and wane. ...Read more

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How is IBS suspected?

How is IBS suspected?

R/O IBS: IBS SX BLOATING/PAIN/GAS/DIARRHEA/CONSTIPATION 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 to a gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com The SX wax and wane. MEDS: BENTYL / LEVSIN (hyoscyamine) ...Read more

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What to do about ibs?

What to do about ibs?

IBS/GUTBLISS.COM: 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/CELIAC PANEL . you also need a baseline EGD/ colonoscopy. a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water/Dy ...Read more

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How can you treat ibs?

Irritable bowel : Ibs is irritable bowel syndrome which is a disorder that can cause abdominal pain, change in stool patterns from constipation to diarrhea, worse with stressful events or illnesses. There is no inflammation of the gut like in crohns. Alternative medicine recommend trying elimiation diets for gluten and dairy since they can exacerbate this, acupuncture to help with the mental/emotional stress. ...Read more

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How is IBS diagnosed?

How is IBS diagnosed?

IBS is nebulous. : In working up IBS, blood testing, EGD, colonoscopy, abdominal CT and ultrasound scanning are important steps to rule out other causes of the symptoms. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, so other identifiable conditions must be ruled out before we consider settling upon an IBS diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have ibs any advice ?

IBS: See book called "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall. Consider getting a food sensitivity lab test. Great Plains lab in KS USA has a good one. Consider behavioral interventions like meditation. See www.relaxationresponse.com for self-help and stick w/your doctor. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long does IBS last?

How long does IBS last?

Intermittently: Intermittently through our you life .... Most people have a waxing a waning symptoms throughout there life. ...Read more

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What can I do about ibs?

What can I do about ibs?

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 more

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Is IBS pain felt daily ?

Is IBS pain felt daily ?

R/O IBS: IBS iCAN BE FELT DAILY . IBS IS DX 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 STICK TO A gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com The SX wax and wane. ...Read more

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What causes IBS to occur?

What causes IBS to occur?

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. 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.com ...Read more

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Types of IBS medications?

Types of IBS medications?

Depends on symptoms: After a positive diagnosis of IBS made in conjunction with your Dr, the condition is best managed with reflection and change to diet, lifestyle. Medication options include; antispasmodics (Buscopan, Mebeverine) for pain, Loperamide for diarrhoea, Laxative for constipation and antidepressants (SSRI or TCA) which probably modifying the body/mind pain processing and promoting a feeling of wellbeing. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ibs?

What are symptoms of ibs?

Diarheea: Diarheea, constipation, abdominal cramps are the main symptoms of ibs. It s a exlusion diagnosys, meaning if you can't find any other causes for these symptoms you are probably dealing with ibs. ...Read more

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How will in ow I have ibs?

How will in ow I have ibs?

Bowel habits: Ibs is characterized by chronic constipation with intermittent bouts of cramping and diarrhea - sometimes severe. Flare-ups are routinely brought on by stress and certain foods that you specifically do not tolerate. There no specific tests for ibs - the diagnosis is made by your symptoms. However, other possibly serious bowel disorders could instead be the culprit - see your doctor. ...Read more

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