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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Overview)

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 usually improve with defecation.


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What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

Pain, diarrhea: The most common symptoms of ibs include diffuse crampy abdominal pain, and constipation or diarrhea or both. There are certain varieties of ibs that can either be pain predominant, contipation predominant, or diarrhea predominant. However, it can certainly be a mix of all these symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
1,313 doctors shared insights

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Overview)

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 usually improve with defecation.


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What kind of tests do I need to take to find out if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

What kind of tests do I need to take to find out if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS: In most instances, IBS is a clinical diagnosis and can be diagnosed without a large number of tests. A complete medical history and physical exam is the basis of the diagnosis. That exam will rule out any red flag symptoms which would warrant further testing. In that case, blood tests, stool tests, endoscopy, or x-ray tests of the digestive tract could be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Tip)

Ask for a two week trial of sulfasalazine.Taken two per day, it gets rid of mild bowel inflammation! ...See more

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What treatment is available for irritable bowel syndrome?

What treatment is available for irritable bowel syndrome?

Several: The first is dietary. See if you can identify any dietary triggers and eliminate them from your diet. Foods containing fermentable oligo, di-, mono saccharides and polyols (FODMAP) could be the culprit. See http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/ Your physician may be able to prescribe one of several antispasmodic drugs. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Tip)

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Take probiotics, i.e. Align. Keep food diary and see what foods make sx worse try gluten free diet. ...See more

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Living with Bowel Incontinence (Checklist)

Don't be embarrassed to discuss with your healthcare professional.
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Avoid trigger foods and activities.
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Use over the counter bulking agents like fiber.
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Use over the counter antidiarrheals.
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How does irritable bowel syndrome affect people's lives?

How does irritable bowel syndrome affect people's lives?

Not Life Threatening: Ibs can be annoying. However, if you can figure out what foods in particular aggravate your ibs, that may make things better. Many people are sensitive to fructose, artificial sweeteners, carbonated beverages, fiber. Keep a food diary and start to see patterns regarding your symptoms and what you ate. Also try separating your meals and your fluid intake. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Is diarrhea a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Yes: Diarrhea is a frequent symptom of ibs. There are 3 different types of ibs, 1) diarrhea predominant 2) constipation predominant and 3) alternating. However, diarrhea can also be seen in other conditions including celiac sprue, aids and crohns. ...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


Bowel (Definition)

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