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What are some of the psychological treatments available for ibs?

What are some of the psychological treatments available for ibs?

Controversial: The effectiveness of psychological treatments are still being debated. Hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, stress reduction counseling, psychosocial counseling, meditation and guided-imagery techniques have all had some success. It is not yet possible to predict which patients will respond to this type of treatment. A close doctor-patient relationship is also helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are common treatments for ibs?

Simply put: The simplest treatments are avoidance of any exacerbating factors. These are commonly caffeine (coffee, tea, soda), chocolate, spicy foods, and emotional stress. There are several forms of ibs (diarrhea and constipation predominant). Increasing or decreasing fiber may also help symptoms. Regular exercise helps as well. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for IBS?

Keep it simple.: Medical treatment of IBS can get complicated and is never wholly successful. Start simply with plenty of water, 50 grams of fiber daily, small more frequent meals and OTC remedies for bloating and such. Keep your fiber intake divided equally among 5-6 meals/snacks daily. ...Read more

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What is the cause of IBS and what's the treatment?

What is the cause of IBS and what's the treatment?

Multifactorial cause: Irritable bowel syndrome is the multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. The predominant symptoms like diarrhea cramps constipation are the result of autonomic nervous system instability. Pts like you may benefit from a metabolically directed approach. ...Read more

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What treatments are there for constapation or ibs?

What treatments are there for constapation or ibs?

Constipation: There are many reasons for constipation but the most common reason are food intolerances. The most common are dairy and gluten. Check to see if any of these cause constipation otherwise eliminate one of these food groups for 1-2 weeks to see if it improves. Also, add high strength probiotic. Make sure to eat 6-10 vegetables/fruits per day. Drinks lots of water. Exercise. ...Read more

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Any new meds or treatments coming up to treat fir IBS c?

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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Is their any treatment to help ibs-c besides diet or life style changes?

Is their any treatment to help ibs-c besides diet or life style changes?

Diet and fluids: Work the best in mjy opinion. Be sure to eliminate caffeine and alcohol from your fluid intake as they both contribute to constipation. Be consistent with quantities of food and meal times and drink 80-100 ounces per day, more if you work out. ...Read more

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Can vague anal/rectal pain be associated with ibs? Can it be psychological?

Can vague anal/rectal pain  be associated with ibs? Can it be psychological?

Not usually painful: Ibs is not usually painful. But people with ibs are often stressed, and stress could cause vague anal/rectal pain. Consider meditation or other stress relievers. ...Read more

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What is the exact treatment of ibs? Is this IBS deadly or dangerous anything?

NO: There is not exact treatment for irritable bowel syndrome , annoying melody but not life threatening. Try to control with proper diet , small frequent meals .See your doctor to make sure you have no other problems. ...Read more

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I have IBS due to sibo. Do i need treatment? Or can I just deal with it? How sick could it make me

I have IBS due to sibo. Do i need treatment? Or can I just deal with it? How sick could it make me

Yes: You may benefit from antibiotic therapy if indeed your were diagnosed with sibo. However symptoms may return after a few weeks. Sibo is not life threatening, however it can lead to malabsorption of certain nutrients. Some patient are more sensitive than other, but it usually causes bloating and abdominal pain. ...Read more