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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Diagnosed with acute bronchitis & given penicillin but am worried about taking it due to having severe ibs, could the bronchitis go away without meds?
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
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
No: ... But those otc drugs are not so good long term. There are a variety of new c-ibs drugs out that can help with your symptoms even long term. Ask your doctor about them. ...Read more
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