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How is IBS diagnosed?

How is IBS diagnosed?

Rome Criteria: There is no lab test or procedure to diagnose ibs, but labs, xrays, colonoscopy, endoscopy can be used to rule out other conditions that are similar to ibs. Ibs is often diagnosed when one has the signs and symptoms of the rome criteria. These are criteria that experts have set up to diagnose ibs. ...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 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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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 role of fiber therapy in ibs?

Arabinogalactan: Arabinogalactan is a soluble fiber that helps with mucosal lining recovery in irritable bowel. It also helps eliminate the inadequate emptying feeling with ibs. ...Read more

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What causes ibs? Can sibo play a role? If so is sibo dangerous to your health

Unknown: The cause of ibs is unknown. Family history can play a role and psychological factors are important. Some question as to abnormal bacteria in the gut as a cause sibi not a cause. Sibo can lead to diarrhea and weight loss can be serious but very treatable with antibiotics and diet. ...Read more

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Is there any idea of what causes ibs? Why it's different in other people. Can bacteria overgrowth play a role

Is there any idea of what causes ibs? Why it's different in other people. Can bacteria overgrowth play a role

Many factors: There are many factors that may contribute, including genetics, imbalances of intestinal flora (including both yeast ; bacterial overgrowth) ; lack of digestive enzymes. Stress usually aggravates it. Many may have undiagnosed parasites (hard to find) or infections like lyme disease. Dietary changes often help. See http://digestive.Niddk.Nih.Gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/#cause ; http://abt.Cm/16tmrig. ...Read more

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What can I do about ibs?

What can I do about ibs?

Happy, not grumpy: Grumpy guts can be happier with good food choices: whole grains, fruits and veggies, limit caffeine & alcohol. Any food triggers like wheat? Keep a food journal. Exercise! get moving 30-60 minutes every day. Find balance/less stress. Make pause in your day. Peppermint oil capsules or rx for cramps. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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What can I eat with my ibs?

What can I eat with my ibs?

R/O IBS: IBS = irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion. SX can be managed You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori . you also need a baseline 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 ...Read more

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How can I live with my ibs?

How can I live with my ibs?

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