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What foods may cause IBS symptoms?

What foods may cause IBS symptoms?

Wide variety: Ibs symptoms: abd pain, often diarrhea , alternating with constipation. Some are sensitive to carbohydrates in milk (lactose), fruit (fructose), other carbs in veggies like onions, artichokes, broccoli, grains, beans. Some are sensitive to alcohol, temp of foods, i.e. Cold, chocolate, fat content, carbonated beverages. Some are affected by menstrual cycle, stress, emotional triggers. ...Read more

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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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Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

Signs and symptoms of mild ulcerative colitis? I know bloody, mucus stools and abdominal pain are symptoms.Are these symptoms present in mild disease?

They can be, but...: ...unless you get tested & appropriately treated there's no diagnosis. At this point, while ulcerative colitis is in the differential, there are many other possibilities to consider that present with the symptoms you describe. Please see your doctor now. ...Read more

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Can pmdd cause digestive symptoms like burping and bloating?

Can pmdd cause digestive symptoms like burping and bloating?

YES!: Pmdd (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is a depressive-like illness commonly brought on by the hormonal changes from the ovaries just before a period. These same hormone changes alter gut movement, and can cause bloating, belching, heartburn, and fullness. These can also be the signs of gallbladder disease, ulcers, or other GI problems. See your doctor if they persist beyond premenstual time. ...Read more

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What are symptoms and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome?

What are symptoms and treatment of irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS is generally a: diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that other causes of the symptoms have been ruled out. The symptoms are abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation,mucous in the stool; one can have all or some of the symptoms.The symptoms are often worse at times of increased stress. The treatment varies from person to person, but includes: reduction of stress, dietary changes and sometimes medications. ...Read more

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Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain?any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Types of diseases that can cause chest and stomach pain?any ideas? Besides Crohn's and IBS and ulcerative colitis

Chest/stomach pain: There are several conditions from reflux to ulcer disease to heart attack can all cause these types of symptoms. Lung conditions can also cause this. You should see your primary care physician. General if you are feeling well then it is most likely a stomach vs esophagus issue. If you are feeling bad you should be seen by a doctor immediately to rule out more serious causes. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis?

What are symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis?

Different: These are different conditions. Irritable bowel is a chronic condition of abdominal bloating & cramping with alternating diarrhea & constipation controlled with diet & high fiber foods. Diverticulitis is an active infection of small pouches on the colon needing antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause belching, diarrhea, nausea, bloating, and symptoms worsen sitting up?

What can cause belching, diarrhea, nausea, bloating, and symptoms worsen sitting up?

Malabsorbtion: Person who has malabsorbtion will have the above symptoms but other conditions also need to be considered . In medicine like any another issues anything is possible ...Read more

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What's the difference between IBS symptoms and gallstone symptoms?

What's the difference between IBS symptoms and gallstone symptoms?

Type of Pain: Both gallbladder(gb) attacks and ibs can cause right-upper abdominal pain, esp after eating. Gb pain is typically steady/noncramping whereas ibs is typically cramping. Gb pain is like an on/off switch--it's there and then gone; ibs tends to wax and wane. Both may be associated w/diarrhea, although more typical w/ibs. Of course, stones seen on an ultrasound would tip the scale. ...Read more

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What causes fatigue and indigestion?

What causes fatigue and indigestion?

Lots of things, C MD: Indigestion and fatigue are both nonspecific symptoms. Could be lots of things, e.g. Ulcers with bleeding which cause iron deficiency which leads to fatigue; could be hepatitis which leads to above; could be gyn issues; could be depression . Can't tell here. See your doc. ...Read more

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Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Can all symptoms of colon cancer mimic ibs? What would be some differentiating symptoms?

Yes: Early colon cancer symptoms can mimici ibs. However unlike ibs, colon cancer can progress to more bleeding, and more localized pain, and can obstruction if continue unchecked. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause persistent nausea and stomach dumping?

Can lupus cause persistent nausea and stomach dumping?

Unlikely: Lupus is basically a form of "vasculitis" which affects small blood vessels such as those in the kidneys, joints (arthritis) and skin! The GI tract is generally unaffected! The MEDICATIONS used to TREAT Lupus are another story! Most of them have mild-moderate GI effects! Speak with your Rheumatologist! (If you have not seen one you should!!!0 Hope this helps Good Luck Dr Z ...Read more

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Please describethe stomach cancer causes and symptoms?

Please describethe stomach cancer causes and symptoms?

Unknown & few: Causes of stomach cancer is unknown, can be related to h. Pylori infection, history of eating lot of smoked & processed meats, etc. It is a rate condition in the us. Symptoms are few; anemia from stomach bleeding, stomach ulcers, lack of appetite, weight loss, etc. ...Read more

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Do IBS symptoms include constant hunger?

Do IBS symptoms include constant hunger?

Not generally: It could be a symptom but more likely it will be bloating and pain. ...Read more

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Cause, effects, symptoms and treatments for diarrhea?

Cause, effects, symptoms and treatments for diarrhea?

Causes of diarrhea: First define the problem (soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea develops (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals/infections, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on the above. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of abdominal pain are cause for concern? Cramps?

Which symptoms of abdominal pain are cause for concern? Cramps?

Ignore no symptoms: Abdominal discomfort of any kind is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong inside your abdomen. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes abdominal pain. Not all such problems are serious, but you don't want to miss the problem that is. ...Read more

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What causes gastrointestinal symptoms with antibiotics for urinary disorders?

What causes gastrointestinal symptoms with antibiotics for urinary disorders?

GI Symptoms with UTI: Any antibiotics taken for infections, does disturb/ alter gastro intestinal flora. Strong antibiotics does cause gastric upset. By their action on intestinal flora, they cause diarrhea, as well. Diarrhea, if associated with fever & nausea/ vomittings, that is a sign of claustridium defficile infection. A very serious situation, needs attention immediately. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between symptoms of IBS and diverticulitis?

How can you distinguish between symptoms of IBS and diverticulitis?

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. Diverticulitis is inflammation /infection accompanied by fever & tx with Abs. 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. 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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How can IBS cause so many symptoms? *what would be abnormal for ibs?* I put some symptoms in my last question that worry me despite IBS diagnosis

How can IBS cause so many symptoms? *what would be abnormal for ibs?*  I put some symptoms in my last question that worry me despite IBS diagnosis

Check everything!: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology. ...Read more

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Can IBS cause nerve tingling symptoms?

Other way: In some cases it is the other way around. I've seen a number of cases where the person develops a neuropathy (giving numbness and tingling in limbs) and also ibs symptoms. ...Read more

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What foods may cause IBS symptoms?

Wide variety: Ibs symptoms: abd pain, often diarrhea , alternating with constipation. Some are sensitive to carbohydrates in milk (lactose), fruit (fructose), other carbs in veggies like onions, artichokes, broccoli, grains, beans. Some are sensitive to alcohol, temp of foods, i.e. Cold, chocolate, fat content, carbonated beverages. Some are affected by menstrual cycle, stress, emotional triggers. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause IBS like symptoms ? And how long after quitting should I see improvement ?

Kinda: Journal review of multiple articles shows no direct link with smoking, however, the group with the highest rate of IBS is young females who smoke. No specific timeframe was noted between stopping smoking and resolution of symptoms ...Read more

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Can quitting smoking cause IBS like symptoms (both diarrhea AND constipation few weeks after quitting)? And how long after should I see improvement?

Can quitting smoking cause IBS like symptoms  (both diarrhea AND constipation few weeks after quitting)? And how long after should I see improvement?

Nicotine: Stopping chronic nicotine use can definitely change your pattern of bm's leading to more sluggish bm's, but in your case you alternate sluggish with looser patterns of intestinal activity. Unless you can pinpoint certain foods or emotional factors which trigger symptoms, your bowel pattern should eventually normalize. ...Read more

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Could undiagnosed endometriosis cause IBS type symptoms? I have horrible heavy periods, terrible cramping etc +IBS type issues wondering if related?

Could undiagnosed endometriosis cause IBS type symptoms? I have horrible heavy periods, terrible cramping etc +IBS type issues wondering if related?

Yes: It is possible that IBS symptoms can be related to Endometriosis if the implants are attached or nearby the intestine. Get examined by a GYN MD and/or a Gastroenterologist for answers. ...Read more

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Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Might IBS cause heartburn and acid reflux symptoms?

Not really.: Ibs causes abd distention, bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea like symptoms. Your symptoms sound typical of reflux disease. Avoid spicy food, chocolates, coffee, eat small meals, and take anti ulcer meds. Reflux symptoms could be from a hiatal hernia as well which is diagnosed by either an upper GI contrast study or egd. Follow up with a GI doc if symp not goinng away. ...Read more

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Can IBS or spastic colon cause similar symptoms to appendicitis ? I get severe lower right abdominal pain but no fever . Been getting worse recently

Can IBS or spastic colon cause similar symptoms to appendicitis ?  I get severe lower right abdominal  pain but no fever . Been getting worse recently

Yes and I feel for U: Many infectious problems can cause such symptoms. Most common would be a urinary tract infection or kidney stone. Often this will come with burning during urination. Ovarian cyst rupture or pelvic inflammatory disease can also cause these symptoms. Appendicitis and diverticulitis are in the mix, as well. Yes, and ibs is plausible as well. If it worsens or persists check with your doctor! ...Read more

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Can IBS hurt in same place as appendicitis does can it also cause similar symptoms of appendicitis?

Can IBS hurt in same place as appendicitis does can it also cause similar symptoms of appendicitis?

It's possible: It's possible that IBS could cause pain in the right lower quadrant, but it's typically more generalized pain associated with bloating or cramping. ...Read more

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Have symptoms of IBSc for 4months. ldl has jumped 50pts from 6 months ago. no other changes to explain cause.. can ibs cause increase in ldl?

Have symptoms of IBSc for 4months. ldl has jumped 50pts from 6 months ago. no other changes to explain cause.. can ibs cause increase in ldl?

Likely backwards:: LDL are complex particles; typically carry ~3,000-6,000 fat molecules/particle in the water outside cells around the body, giving cells access to fat they can take in. LFHC foods strongly associated with ?ed LDL concentrations & trends to ?ed IBS because we are H20 based creatures & http://goo.gl/uDGIwD. Alternatively LCHF foods have the opposite pattern. Get NMR lipoprotein test, study my answers ...Read more

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Which causes IBS to be so different to Crohn's disease or coeliac, symptom wise?

Which causes IBS to be so different to Crohn's disease or coeliac, symptom wise?

Symptom wise: It is difficult. Both can cause diarrhea. In general a good history, lab tests and sometimes biopsies will tell you the diagnosis. If everything comes back normal, then you may try what is called an elimination diet and record which foods bother you more than others and you will be surprised how often people get better if they ear correctly. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause pain IN My bellybutton right in the middle I've been having IBS symptoms for 4 months now & I've gotten this pain once in while?

Yes, possibly: Yes it can. However in young females there could be many other reasons for pain in the abdomen. You can try some Miralax (polyethylene glycol) OTC 1-2 scoops daily as needed for constipation and if pain keeps recurring, you will need to see a doc. ...Read more

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Could IBS cause vomiting? If so what else are the symptoms, if not what are all the symptoms

Could IBS cause vomiting? If so what else are the symptoms, if not what are all the symptoms

IBS signs/symptoms: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology. ...Read more

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Is it possible that years of medication like, anti depressants & mood stabilizers and their side effects caused my ibs? How can I reduce IBS symptoms?

Is it possible that years of medication like, anti depressants & mood stabilizers and their side effects caused my ibs? How can I reduce IBS symptoms?

Caused or uncovered?: Certain meds can aggravate or uncover ibs, which tends to have genetic roots. Chronic antidepressant and mood stabilizer use plus stresses of chronic illnesses themselves may be a double dose of ibs stress. Stress alone can trigger ibs. Reducing stress of mood disorders with meds that could awaken ibs is a mixed blessing but the illnesses without meds is worse. Consult a GI specialist for help. ...Read more

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3/13 began microgestrin stopped due 2 side effects.5/13gastro symp began6/13 gallbladder out, symptoms continue 11/13dx IBS &gasrtrioparisis.Caused by pill?

Not usually: However, the symptoms you are having are related to fertile women who have had the weight loss and weight gain associated with pregnancy. It sounds like you may have something called bile reflux. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can Thyroid problems cause symptoms similar to IBS?

Can Thyroid problems cause symptoms similar to IBS?

Possible: thyroid problems can cause many symptoms that are non-specific. The only way to know is to measure thyroid hormone levels in the lab. If they are normal, then you will know you do not have a thyroid problem. ...Read more

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Can ibs even mild cause body fatigue? Compl normal blood results but on and off fatigue and only other symptom is bm urgency

Can ibs even mild cause body fatigue? Compl normal blood results but on and off fatigue and only other symptom is bm urgency

IBS signs/symptoms?: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology. ...Read more