irritable bowel syndrome

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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Abdominal Discomfort

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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.
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Who gets irritable bowel syndrome?

Anybody

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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.
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Dr. Bac X. Nguyen answered:

What is irritable bowel syndrome ?

The defintition

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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
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Dr. Evan M. Altman answered:

Any meds for irritable bowel syndrome?

Yes

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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.
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Dr. Jan Rakinic answered:

How to manage irritable bowel syndrome?

1st: fiber and water

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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.
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Dr. Hashim Alani answered:

Is irritable bowel syndrome contagious?

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Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome?

Proper diet and flui

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eat consistently every day both in time and types/quantity of foods, modest amount of fiber in diet, and drinking 80-100 ounces non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluid daily.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

How can I treat irritable bowel syndrome ?

Diet and fluids

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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.
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How can you cure irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids

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and pro-biotics seem to help if patient is compliant. Eat a high fiber diet, regular meal times and similar portions and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily
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Is irritable bowel syndrome common in Asia?

Lower in Asia

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IBS is present in 10% to 20% of adults in the US. [2] One study conducted in a health maintenance organization population showed the prevalence of IBS symptoms in respondents to be 19.5%. [3] The prevalence is similar in Europe, although it may be lower in Asia and Africa.
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