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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

Mostly history: Inflammatory bowel disease is just that - inflammation of the intestine that is visible at endoscopy (upper endoscopy or colonoscopy) or imaging. The inflammation often leads to poor function. Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional problem. There is no sign of infection, inflammation, tumor, etc but it does not work properly. Things like caner, ulcers, need to be excluded. ...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


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What is irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis?

What is irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis?

Two different things: Irritable bowel is abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation) without any distinct medical pathology. It can be treated with fiber supplements, peppermint oil, and other treatments. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach specifically, and the specific treatment is determined by the specific cause. What they have in common is that they are both a belly ache. ...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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Is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same?

Is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same?

Not even close!: Inflammatory bowel disease (see my earlier healthtap answer) is a systemic inflammation of the gut. Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex without inflammation. Symptoms for both may be similar/ recurrent. The term "colitis" (=colon inflammation) is often erroneously applied to ibs patients. Ibd patients can have ibs, & ibs patients can develop ibd but the two are etiologically unrelated. ...Read more

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How are c-difficile and irritable bowel syndrome different?

How are c-difficile and irritable bowel syndrome  different?

C difficile is a: Bacteria which causes diarrhea and sometimes severe life threatening inflammation of colon. Ibs is a functional bowel disorder which causes symptons of bloating, abdominal discomfort and alternating symptoms of constipation and diarrhea. C diff is tteated with antibiotics. On the other hand ibs is treated with other meds depending on the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . EGD/colonoscopy. While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free high fiber diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.com. Also 64-80oz water/dy&food allergy testing ...Read more

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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 is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

Clinically ...: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is characterised by abdominal pain, bloating and a change in bowel habit, or frequency present for at least 6 months. The pain is often eased by passing a stool, symptoms may be worse with eating. Your GP will take a history, examine the abdomen and likely order some blood tests to exclude other causes of abdominal pain and altered bowel habit. See http://patient.info/ibshealth#content ...Read more

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Can exercise treat irritable bowel syndrome?

Can exercise treat irritable bowel syndrome?

Yes: One of the factors that increases the severity of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome is stress. Exercise generally decreases stress for most people and thus may help with treating irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber (either natural or supplemental) typically helps as well as meditation and yoga. Some prescription medications do exist and work to varying degrees. ...Read more

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Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), how to recover?

Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), how to recover?

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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How to distinguish between irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome?

How to distinguish between irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome?

Distinction here...: 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. Similar symptoms may present with leaky gut, which by comparison is a disease process (again, caused by many etiologies). ...Read more

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What are symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis?

What are symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis?

Different: These are different conditions. Irritable bowel is a chronic condition of abdominal bloating & cramping with alternating diarrhea & constipation controlled with diet & high fiber foods. Diverticulitis is an active infection of small pouches on the colon needing antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Are laxatives safe for irritable bowel syndrome?

Only if given by Dr: Laxatives are usually not used for ibs unless they are prescribed by your dr. Most laxatives work by irritating the colon to push stool out.Other laxatives work by bringing water into your colon to flush the stool out. These may cause dehydration & electrolyte problems if used improperly. Most dr suggests altering your diet & managing stress. Talk to your dr about your options, there are some meds. ...Read more

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How does a gastroenterologist treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

How does a gastroenterologist treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

Depends: It depends on whether or not you have constipation predominant or diarrhea predominant IBS. Most Gi doctors I see treat it with miralax (polyethylene glycol) and a good diet high in fiber. ...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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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