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Relieve Ibs Symptoms
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 ...Read more
I have IBS with constipation. I've tried miralax but it didn't help. I occasionally take stimulant laxatives as a last resort. What can I do relieve the symptoms? I eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.
Magnesium: A magnesium deficiency can contribute to constipation and is a very common mineral deficiency. Magnesium has many functions in your body, one of which is to stimulate the parasympatheric nervous system. Low magnesium can therefore increase sympathetic tone and contribute to constipation. There are many forms of magnesium available otc, including magnesium citrate, magnesium sulfate, and aspartate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr swears I have ibs. Symptoms are extreme, bentyl provides no relief. What can I do? Can only eat bread. Everything makes me 'sick'.
Fleet enema. I have IBS and i find that using 1 a day helps my symptoms and i get some relief. Is it ok to use one a day for this. I drink water.?
Many symptoms: Symptoms of ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) include diarrhea, constipation, alternating diarrhea and constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, flatus (gas), and abdominal cramping. See your doctor if you have persistent ibs symptoms as there are some good treatments available. Additionally, see your doctor if you notice any fever, severe pain, blood or black, tar-like stool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can IBS cause so many symptoms? *what would be abnormal for ibs?* I put some symptoms in my last question that worry me despite IBS diagnosis
Check everything!: The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology. ...Read more
Wide variety: Ibs symptoms: abd pain, often diarrhea , alternating with constipation. Some are sensitive to carbohydrates in milk (lactose), fruit (fructose), other carbs in veggies like onions, artichokes, broccoli, grains, beans. Some are sensitive to alcohol, temp of foods, i.e. Cold, chocolate, fat content, carbonated beverages. Some are affected by menstrual cycle, stress, emotional triggers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Watch for food intol: Often the question is which foods are not well tolerated. Common foods that cause problems include lactose, wheat, sorbitol, fructose, fiber (too much or too little). The details require more history discussion and sometimes testing, blood, breath test and even stool tests. By eliminating poorly absorbed sugars, sugar free items, certain chewing gums the symptoms can often be greatly helped. ...Read more
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