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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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Do IBS patients have bloody stools?

Do IBS patients have bloody stools?

Yes, not from IBS: Ibs does not cause bloody stools. Bloody stools can be seen with other conditions. Hemorrhoids can cause bright red blood on toilet paper, or in bowl, but so can rectal cancers. Blood coated on stool different from blood mixed in stool. Bloody stools can be seen with infection, inflammation, fragile blood vessels, diverticula (pockets), poor blood flow to bowel, polyps, cancers, etc. C ur doc. ...Read more

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How can bloating arising from dairy products be covered by IBS patients?

How can bloating arising from dairy products be covered by IBS patients?

IBS and Milk: Your question is a bit confusing. Lactose intolerance patients can resemble irritable bowel patients. They get better when you follow dr. Shulan advice. Furthermore oral food challange tests from england have shown that sometimes ibs patients are worsened by numerous foods and not necessarily due to enzyme deficiencies. ...Read more

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I am taking one 250 mg softgel of magnesium daily? I heard is good for patient with IBS like me. Is this is good or healthy?

I am taking one 250 mg softgel of magnesium daily? I heard is good for patient with IBS like me. Is this is good or healthy?

Probably good: Magnesium deficiency is very common; it is most likely the most underdiagnosed electrolyte deficiency in medical practice. That said, taking too much magnesium can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. I recommend magnesium glycinate because it caused less intestinal upset than magnesium citrate or oxalate. Start with a low dose and gradually work your way up. ...Read more

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Has anyone studied the use of cymbalta (duloxetine) to treat IBS symptoms? Have heard it has helped some patients even though it's not marketed for that use.

As above : I am not aware of any studies regarding that , however, patient with ibs can have pain and depressive symptoms and therefore , it may be helpful. ...Read more

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If a dr could reply with some names of mi drs that work w/patients with hard to diag intestinal prob, that don't giv up after scopes an just giv old ibs?

If a dr could reply with some names of mi drs that work w/patients with hard to diag intestinal prob, that don't giv up after scopes an just giv old ibs?

No names but...: Holistic doctors often do a great job with intestinal problems, looking at factors like yeast overgrowth, imbalances of bacterial flora, parasites, food sensitivities, lack of digestive enzymes, nutrient deficiencies, stress etc. Some focus on this more than others. For a directory of doctors certified by the american board of integrative holistic medicine see http://www.Abihm.Org/search-doctors. ...Read more

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Which nsaid is safest for long term usage in patients with IBS & gerd?

Which nsaid is safest for long term usage in patients with IBS & gerd?

Safest nsaid!?: There isn't one they all have to be used carefully and taken with food they can all cause ulcers and other problems don't lull yourself into a false sense of security even Celebrex (celecoxib) has a list of GI warnings so be safe. ...Read more

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Can i face acidity problem, when i use lactic acid bacillus capsules? i am a ibs patient ...

Can i face acidity problem, when i use lactic acid bacillus capsules? i am a ibs patient ...

No: probiotics won't help with acidity. Where is your acidity problem? In your stomach as in acid reflux? ...Read more

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Why don't they check for SIBO with every patient who has IBS? The symptoms are similar. I had to find about it myself and see an outside doctor.

Why don't they check for SIBO with every patient who has IBS? The symptoms are similar. I had to find about it myself and see an outside doctor.

SIBO: Small bowel bacterial overgrowth is not a common condition and not everyone with IBS has SIBO and the same goes not everyone with SIBO has IBS. The symptoms of both conditions are pretty much the same but like I said not everyone with SIBO has IBS in the era of cost containment in medicine because health insurance do NOT want to pay for tests very unlikely you will be send for a test on an uncommo ...Read more

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