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Dr. KT Park
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
11 years in practice
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What is the definition or description of: irritable bowel syndrome?

Dr. KT Park
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
11 years in practice
45K people helped
What is the definition or description of: irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS: Ibs is diagnosed after all organic causes are ruled out (eg, infection, inflammation). Gi docs use a clinical criteria called rome iii. Pts must have abdominal pain/discomfort associated with 2 or more of the following at least 25% of the time: 1. Symptoms improve w defecation, 2. Stool frequency changes, 3. Stool appearance changes. Constipation-type vs diarrhea-type are two variants of ibs. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
17 years in practice
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How does irritable bowel syndrome affect people's lives?

Dr. Carolyn Messere
Board Certified, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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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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Dr. Steven Seres
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Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Tip)

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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

Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed and as needed
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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Is diarrhea a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
23 years in practice
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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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Dr. Carisa Hines
Board Certified, Palliative Care
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Slight pressure lower abdomen. Light pain. Tightness. Some rumbling and gas. NOT pregnant. No other symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome?

Dr. Carisa Hines
Board Certified, Palliative Care
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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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Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
40M people helped
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What are signs of irritable bowel syndrome?

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
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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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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
55 years in practice
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Are women more susceptible to irritable bowel syndrome?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
Board Certified, Family Medicine
55 years in practice
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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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Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Tip)

If rectal bleeding or weight loss occur, follow with doctor as this is not usual for ibs. ...See more

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Irritability (Definition)

The term "irritability" is used for infants and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at ...Read more


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