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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Overview)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation.


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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
1,352 Doctors shared insights

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Overview)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation.


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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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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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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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Slight pressure lower abdomen. Light pain. Tightness. Some rumbling and gas. NOT pregnant. No other symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome?

Slight pressure lower abdomen. Light pain. Tightness. Some rumbling and gas. NOT pregnant. No other symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome?

Is is IBS?: Among the most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or cramping, sensation of bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation with sometimes alternating bouts of each, and mucus in the stool.
This may be gas pain. If trial of anti-gas meds fail, seek medical attention. Bleeding with stool, weight loss, and/or progressive abdominal pain requires prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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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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Are women more susceptible to irritable bowel syndrome?

Are women more susceptible to irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS: Yes, women are more susceptible to irritable bowel syndrome than men, however no one knows why. There are three types of ibs: predominant diarrheal type, predominant constipational type and a mixture of diarrhea and constipation alternating. ...Read more

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Is the only way to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome colonoscopy?

Is the only way to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome colonoscopy?

Not really: Irritable bowel is often a diagnosis of exclusion. Colonoscopy is one of the test and is used to rule out other colonic pathology. ...Read more

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What can cause diarrhea and abdominal discomfort? Is there a blood test for irritable bowel syndrome?

What can cause diarrhea and abdominal discomfort? Is there a blood test for irritable bowel syndrome?

Many causes/ No: There is no blood test for irritable bowel syndrome. It is a diagnosis made by excluding other serious causes of intestinal disease. You should have a colonoscopy, ct scanning of the abdomen, endoscopy to rule out celiac disease, and certain blood tests to look for autoimmune disorders. In many cases all of these studies will be negative, and irritable bowel syndrome will be the diagnosis. Goo. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

How do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

Maybe not IBS: The key to your answer: what symptoms, duration of distress, & recent evaluation. If you are awakening from sleep due to pain, your symptoms don't come & go (are unchanging & ever present or are actually worsening), there's bleeding/fever then it is unlikely you have irritable bowel syndrome. In such a case, further evaluation is warranted rather than you just taking symptom-based medicine. ...Read more

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What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

What exactly causes irritable bowel syndrome?

Autonomic Disorder: Cause unknown, many speculations. My own observations indicate that excess pelvic parasympathetic nerve stimulation leads to irritable bowel symptoms. See my complete discussion on my chronic pain board at quora. Com. ...Read more

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How can I treat irritable bowel syndrome?

How can I treat 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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Can irritable bowel syndrome be treated with herbal supplements?

Can irritable bowel syndrome be treated with herbal supplements?

Yes, in part: Probiotics are often helpful. These are good bacteria, and I usually recommend culturelle brand, which is one capsule daily. If your ibs is diarrhea-predominant, you can try enteric coated peppermint oil capsules, 0.2 ml 3x daily. Turmeric may also help, by decreasing inflammation in the GI tract; take 300-400 mg 3x daily of a standardized extract managing stress and diet are equally important. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment of irritable bowel syndrome ibs?

What is the best treatment of irritable bowel syndrome ibs?

Several: Regular consistent meal times and quantities of food, plenty of fluids and a good high fiber diet. You are retraining your bowel. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. ...Read more

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Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome?

Treatments for irritable bowel syndrome?

Proper diet and flui: 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. ...Read more

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How can you cure irritable bowel syndrome?

How can you cure irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids: 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. ...Read more

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I am suffering from irritable bowel syndrome for a long time what is the best treatment for that in usa?

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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Irritable bowel syndrome, with pain, cramping and gases, with what medicines, drugs, can be treated?

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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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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Is irritable bowel syndrome a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer?

Is irritable bowel syndrome a risk factor for developing colorectal cancer?

No: Unless ibs diagnosis has been made incorrectly and your symptoms are actually a manifestation of early or precancerous bowel changes. If you have never had a recent colonosocpy, might consider it depending on your age and history. ...Read more

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Does diet play a role in preventing irritable bowel syndrome?

Helpful: Diet can be helpful in managing the symptoms of ibs but there is no specific diet that prevents ibs. It varies from person to person and disease type. ...Read more

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Should someone avoid marrying someone who has irritable bowel syndrome?

Should someone avoid marrying someone who has irritable bowel syndrome?

Is it love or fear?: Irritable bowel is neither life-threating nor contagious. Most often it is quite manageable and people function well with some periods of "flare-ups" etc. Like many other illnesses. If you love the person, learn about this disease and help him/her cope if symptoms are severe. Mild ibs may not need much at all. So, ibs should not be a reason for or not marrying someone. Best of good luck! ...Read more

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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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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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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

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