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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
Best probiotic for ibs? Also do probiotics affect the liver for the good too? Alt^, no cause determined. ;extensive tests, waiting for specialist help.
"best" probiotics: Like all the newest, latest, and greatest highly touted "natural" medications, probiotics have become very popular. However, none have been shown in independent testing to be of any efficacy for a "normal" bowel, let alone one with inflammatory symptoms. You should first obtain a diagnosis--as "ibs" is not a diagnosis at all--rather than self medicating. Good luck. ...Read more
I must have have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (9/9 Beighton score, SEVERE IBS, joint pain, ortho intolerance, etc) but waiting lists for specialists are 1+ years long. Any advice on getting help sooner?
Natural therapies: Ehlers-danlos syndrome has no magical solution. Loose ligaments require well toned & strong-muscle compensations. The easiest form of physical exercise is aqua therapy, whereby water buoyancy negates weak muscles overwhelmed by gravity. Treatment w. non-toxic therapies of nutrition, herbs, massage, & yoga rounds out sphere of rational therapies. Prolotherapy might have place at therapeutic table. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Agonising Abdominal pain, anal pain when Going toilet. Like ive got glass through me. Cleared for chrons ibs ect by specialist. ?
Colon-rectal surgeon: You may be dealing with an anorectal fissure in view of the anal pain during a bowel movement. Perhaps you should consult a colorectal surgeon or a proctologist for evaluation and treatment. The associated severe abdominal discomfort is of concern and must be evaluated also. In the meantime sit in warm water, use glycerin rectal suppositories for bowel movements and take stool softeners daily. ...Read more
Clarify diagnosis: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is not: a "single" diet for the condition! Some patient's with IBS have CONSTIPATION , some have intermittant DIARRHEA . Some are LACTOSE intolerant! You need to obtain the opinion of a Gastroenterologist who can study your situation and recommend accordingly! I know its a frustrating condition...however there are now effective medications available!!!! See a GI specialist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've been diagnosed with IBS and changed diet quite a bit no fatty food, more fibre, no wholegrains & if anything its been getting worse, any advice?
I have IBS and it can mimic appendicitis symptoms well. How can I tell if it is appendicitis or just an IBS attack? Thank you.
IBS vs appy: Appendicitis is an infection which grows in size (and therefore pain) over the course of several hours and maybe even a day. Pain is usually epigastric then becomes more localized in the right lower quadrant. It is often associated with n/v and a fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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