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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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Can an IBS flare up raise your glucose?

Can an IBS flare up raise your glucose?

Not usually: It is more likely that you ate something that increased your glucose AND was not great for your IBS. ...Read more

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Are there any medications or treatment options to help with bloating and discomfort during an IBS flare up ?

Are there any medications or treatment options to help with bloating and discomfort during an IBS flare up ?

Yes: Try to avoid foods that tend to produce gas (beans, wheat germ, bagels, etc), be sure to get enough fiber (even if you have to take supplements) and as a last resort see a physician for a prescription for an antispasmodic agent (bentyl (dicyclomine) or another agent). ...Read more

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Whenever I have an IBS flare up i get symptoms like extreme dizziness and fatigue. Is this normal and can it be helped?

Whenever I have an IBS flare up i get symptoms like extreme dizziness and fatigue. Is this normal and can it be helped?

Many IBS: Symptoms are related to poor fluid intake or excesive caffeine leading to dehydration which can also cause dizziness, fainting spells and generalized weakness and fatigue. Try drinking 80-100 0unces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily and a consistent high fiber diet eating at the same time and same number of meals each day. You are retraining your bowel and will see improvement in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Can red meat cause IBS to flare up?

Can red meat cause IBS to flare up?

Possible: IBS patients was found to have higher level of antibody in response to red meat. If you have eaten and did cause worsening symptoms, its better to avoid red meat as this may be associated IBS flare. ...Read more

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How can you stop a IBS abdominal pain flare up most likely caused by stress (the good kind- getting 1st house)? Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide)? 4x day???

How can you stop a IBS abdominal pain flare up most likely caused by stress (the good kind- getting 1st house)? Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide)?  4x day???

Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) will work,: but is habit forming. Still, if your IBS is bad, I would try the librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) temporarily at 4x/day,but not continue on this dose for any extended period of time ...Read more

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I've got delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. What can I do?

I've got delt with IBS for over 40 years. I am dealing with a flare up. What can I do?

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