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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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Extremely gassy; have watery diarrhea (can see food chunks within). Have IBS. Don't take Gas Relief pills like recommended. Could there be other w/gas?

Extremely gassy; have watery diarrhea (can see food chunks within). Have IBS. Don't take Gas Relief pills like recommended. Could there be other w/gas?

Safe trial.: You obviously already have a physician helping, so I will make a couple of suggestions as I have dealt with the same problem. You need to find what you can eat. Eat alone with out talking, eat only one thing at a meal. do not over eat. Eat every cocuple of hours. Keep a list and rate foods 1 -3 with 1 being no gas, 2 maybe a little, and 3 bad. Then start adding in 1's together and avoid 3's ...Read more

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How can I get relief from ibs?

How can I get relief from  ibs?

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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Any good home remedies for IBS relief?

Any good home remedies for IBS relief?

Stress management: Techniques as well as proper and regular meal times and quantities of food to help re regulate the bowel. Of course removing those things that are causing you stress should also be considered. Eliminate caffeine and alcohol will help. ...Read more

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I've been having IBS flare ups lately. Is there anything i can do to give me immediate relief? I can't sleep or anything right now. Thanks!

I've been having IBS flare ups lately. Is there anything i can do to give me immediate relief? I can't sleep or anything right now. Thanks!

IBS: I need not tell you ibs can be real annoying. Stress and diet can play a major role in ibs exacerbations. If your dr. Prescribed anti-spasmodics for you or anxiety pills, they may provide your best chance of quick relief, but the cause of and treatment for ibs is often multi-factorial and no magic answers for an immediate fix may be found. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

Ibs/ulcerative colitis/crohn's disease, how to find relief?

First you: have to get the correct diagnosis. All of the above mentioned maladies are treated differently and have different prognoses. See a GI doctor or Colon and Rectal surgeon to properly evaluate and treat your problem ...Read more