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What can I do to make my IBS less painful or just make it go away?

What can I do to make my IBS less painful or just make it go away?

Finding balance: When your gut's grumpy, it's sending you a message that something's out of balance & needs help. Diet: any food triggers (caffeine, alcohol, fake sugars, wheat, gluten, dairy)? Fiber "the whites" vs whole grains, nuts&beans? Exercise: moving 30-60 minutes every day? Good rest? Stress? Balancing work/play? These all trigger ibs. Anti-spasm: rx, peppermint oil capsules. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more


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Does IBS ever go away? Or are your symptoms there pretty much constantly?

Does IBS ever go away? Or are your symptoms there pretty much constantly?

Depends on cause: There are many causes that may include: stress, hormones, infections, inflammation, structural to name a few. Best is to work together with a gastroenterologist to arrive at the correct answer for you. Everyone is different and there is not one straight approach. You may start with as simple as an elimination diet and record which foods may aggravate you. Best wishes! ...Read more

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This may be gross but I think my IBS is worse than just ibs. Anything I eat has the same effect and its always painful and urgent. What should I do?

This may be gross but I think my IBS is worse than just ibs. Anything I eat has the same effect and its always painful and urgent. What should I do?

IBS: Keep a journal of all everything you eat and your reactions to the foods. Information like this can help you and your doctor choose a diet that is right for you and your particular circumstances. Also, it is important that your doctor rules out other inflammatory bowel diseases such as crohn's and ulcerative colitis in addition to an infection. ...Read more

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Can ibs cause deep penetration to be painful ?

Can ibs cause deep penetration to be painful ?

Not likely: Pain on deep penetration is more likely to be due to one of the following conditions: cervical infection(cervicitis), uterine fibroids, endometriosis, PID, ovarian cysts or tubal pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have ibs but nothing ever helps. its so painful. i feel like i should give up. all the life style changes are useless. what should i do dr? :(

IBS, Depression: I feel empathy for your pain Yes, you need relief. Your Life is PRECIOUS! See a Psychiatrist for stresses in your life including IBS, Have Intensive Counseling and medication as needed. Ask him for consultation with a Gastroenterologist, and collaboration of treatment. Feel good about your achievements in school, sports, art, music and hobbies Feel the Blessings and Wonders of your body. Relax! ...Read more

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Ibs-c symptoms, making the fullness/bloating go away, what to do?

Ibs-c symptoms, making the fullness/bloating go away, what to do?

R/O IBS: IBS 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 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 TX LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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I get really bad trapped wind that is very painful what is the best thing to stop this as I have ibs?

I get really bad trapped wind that is very painful what is the best thing to stop this as I have ibs?

IBS: Try to figure out what foods make you feel worse & avoid them. Kinda obvious, right? Milk & dairy products, or more specifically, lactose, ranks high on the list. If you must drink milk, consider lactaid or similar pre-digested lactose product. Beans, while high in fiber & protein, can be intolerable for some, who then find relief in beano. Perhaps you also have gluten enteropathy or celiac diseas. ...Read more

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I had been diagnosed with IBS, but never had a colonoscopy. I've recently been waking up at night with painful episodes. could it still be the IBS?

I had been diagnosed with IBS, but never had a colonoscopy. I've recently been waking up at night with painful episodes. could it still be the IBS?

Possibly: But nocturnal symptoms are unusual in IBS and rarely awaken an individual from sleep in and of themselves. Would definitely warrant a visit to your internist or gastroenterologist to be sure you do not have something else like IBD and not IBS. IBD is much more likely to cause nocturnal symptoms that wake you up. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with IBS is discomfort below both sides of rib cage a symptom of ibs. Not painful just uncomfortable at times?

Perhaps: Ibs can cause bloating or uncomfortable distension, which can be felt beneath the rib cage, but most often the pain or cramps are in the lower left abdomen. Please see your physician to exclude other causes (conditions of the liver, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, etc). Most ibs discomfort is strongly related to passing a bowel movement (gets better afterwards). ...Read more

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Diagnosed with acute bronchitis & given penicillin but am worried about taking it due to having severe ibs, could the bronchitis go away without meds?

Diagnosed with acute bronchitis & given penicillin but am worried about taking it due to having severe ibs, could the bronchitis go away without meds?

Please see below: Bronchitis are usually viral, they usually get better in 1 week without antibiotics but if your symptoms are severe and got fever, you may need to take antibiotics otherwise you don't need to. ...Read more

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Can Drotaverine HCl INN 40 mg be used in painful mild IBS-D. ?

Can Drotaverine HCl INN 40 mg be used in painful mild IBS-D. ?

Possibly: But overall you should be aware that there is relatively limited data/studies suggesting significant(or really any) benefit in managing IBS-diarrheal subtype. ...Read more

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Been having painful gallbladder attacks monthly 4 over year also have IBS like symptoms & am worried surgery could make bowl issues worse?

Been having painful gallbladder attacks monthly 4 over year also have IBS like symptoms & am worried surgery could make bowl issues worse?

Have the surgery : Would recommend having the gallbladder removed since it is needed and see if the other symptoms resolve but I don't believe it'll make it worse. Occasionally people have problems with diarrhea after gallbladder removal but it is rare and usually resolves over time and can be treated. ...Read more

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Could being a vegetarian be causing my ibs? I've read that those who return to eating meat have their IBS symptoms go away and have more energy.

Could being a vegetarian be causing my ibs? I've read that those who return to eating meat have their IBS symptoms go away and have more energy.

Avoid specific foods: Being a vegetarian per se does not worsen ibs, but certain foods that you may be eating more often may aggravate it. No single diet works for everyone, but ibs can be worsened by wheat, dairy, beans/legumes & certain fruits & vegetables. But eggs, nuts, seeds, meats & many fruits & vegies are ok. For more specific info see http://ibs.About.Com/od/ibsfood/a/ibsdiet.Htm & http://fodmapsdiet.Com/. ...Read more

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How long does it take for amitriptyline side effects to go away? On only a 10mg dose for ibs-d and i'm always tired and have pretty bad body aches.

How long does it take for amitriptyline side effects to go away? On only a 10mg dose for ibs-d and i'm always tired and have pretty bad body aches.

Are you taking it: At bedtime? Some people are very slow metabolizers of this drug and you may have a higher blood level than your doctor intended. Usually there is no sedation from 10mg, and, if anything it helps aches and pains. You may have something else going on. Have your doctor check an Amitriptyline blood level to see if it needs to be lowered. If that is the case i would follow up with a test for cyp4502d6. ...Read more