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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What is irritable bowel syndrome ?

What is irritable bowel syndrome ?

The defintition: Ibs is a funtional gastrointestinal disorder chracterized by some pain/cramping, altered bowel habits in the absence of specific/unique organic pathology/disease. Other symptoms common to ibs include bloating, gasiness, frequent/urge to have bm, early satiety, dyspepsia symptoms etc... Often = nuisances, but can be debilitating at times.. If u r concerned, consult doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are signs of irritable bowel syndrome?

What are signs of irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS in a nutshell: Irritable bowel is a syndrome complex that spans many etiologies & contributants (see earlier healthtap answers). Often, patients complain of altered stool pattern (diarrhea, constipation, or both), abdominal pain, bloating, gassiness, fullness, distension, nausea, cramps. Symptoms seldom awaken the patient, may improve with stooling, & when uncomplicated are not accompanied by fever or bleeding. ...Read more

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What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

A syndrome complex: Stress, emotions, conditioning, psychologic traits, bacteria contribute to development of ibs. Brainstem reflexes induced by eating are sometimes exaggerated in ibs. Gut tone & sensation, as well as GI transit, are influenced by hormones & neurotransmitters. In ibs patients alteration in brain-gut pathways can affect perception of bowel distension, cause painful spasm, & modify transit of food. ...Read more

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What are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome?

What are the causes of irritable bowel syndrome?

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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What exactly is irritable bowel syndrome aggravated by?

Musculoskeletal : Abnormal musculoskeletal functions arouse autonomic neural impingement and parasympathetic stimulation. For more information about this topic see my chronic pain board at quora.Com. ...Read more

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Are there any miracle meditations for irritable bowel syndrome?

Are there any miracle meditations for irritable bowel syndrome?

In the pipeline: It depends what variant of ibs you have. If due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) then antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. If you're female with severe diarrhea-associated ibs, consider Lotronex under the prescriber's program. For constipation-variant disease, Amitiza is commercially available, and an investigational agent called linaclotide looks very promising (pending fda review). ...Read more

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Who gets irritable bowel syndrome?

Who gets irritable bowel syndrome?

Anybody: Anybody. Ibs causes sudden onset diarrhea associated to stress, or to particular foods or beverages. Pts. With IBS may alternate episodes of constipation with episodes of diarrhea. It is very common to have flatulence, crampy abdominal pain. Spastic colon, irritable bowel, nervous stomach are the same. It is associated to anxiety. ...Read more

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Any meds for irritable bowel syndrome?

Yes: Most experts recommend increasing fiber intake, including the use of fiber supplements. Osmotic laxatives, lubiprostone, and antispasmodic medications are used. Low dose tricyclic antidepressants and ssri medications can also be effective for ibs symptoms. See your doctor for additional help. ...Read more

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How to manage irritable bowel syndrome?

1st: fiber and water: A high fiber diet with sufficient amounts of water intake is the first line of management. You correctly identified that ibs is managed but not cured. Stress management is a powerful adjunct. There are some clinical trials investigating other forms of treatment. Poorly absorbed oralantibiotics are used in europe, but rarely in the us due to other risks. ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more