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If you have irritable bowel syndrome, what is best to eat?

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, what is best to eat?

No specific diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more

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How to manage irritable bowel syndrome?

How to manage irritable bowel syndrome?

1st: fiber and water: A high fiber diet with sufficient amounts of water intake is the first line of management. You correctly identified that ibs is managed but not cured. Stress management is a powerful adjunct. There are some clinical trials investigating other forms of treatment. Poorly absorbed oralantibiotics are used in europe, but rarely in the us due to other risks. ...Read more

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What is irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis?

What is irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis?

Two different things: Irritable bowel is abdominal pain and altered bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation) without any distinct medical pathology. It can be treated with fiber supplements, peppermint oil, and other treatments. Gastritis is inflammation of the stomach specifically, and the specific treatment is determined by the specific cause. What they have in common is that they are both a belly ache. ...Read more

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How does one have irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, what is wrong?

How does one have irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, what is wrong?

2 Types: There are two types of irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea predominant and alternating constipation and diarrhea. There is some kind of rhythmic muscle contraction dysregulation that causes this, but I'm not sure the specific defect. ...Read more

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With irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) what can be done to make it better?

With irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) what can be done to make it better?

Several: Regular consistent meal times and quantities of food, plenty of fluids and a good high fiber diet. You are retraining your bowel. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. ...Read more

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How to tell if what I have is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or endmetriosis?

How to tell if what I have is IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or endmetriosis?

Symptoms: Ibs is chronic constipation/stool pattern including recurrent abdominal intestinal crampiness relieved by defecation several times each day. Endometriosis pain is like menstral cramps & more focused in pelvis, with discomfort intensifying around menses, which are terribly painful. In my experience both disorders include sacroiliac joint hypermobility as primary cause with autonomic dysregulation. ...Read more

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How to overcome or minimise the problem of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

How to overcome or minimise the problem of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

IBS : Depending in what your symptoms are, treatment can be designed to improve and normalize bowel frequency and minimize discomfort . High fiber diet , exercise and yoga appear to help in ibs. People with severe diarrhea or constipation should consult with an md to determine if they are candidates for newer medications that are very helpful in the treatment. ...Read more

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What foods are good for Irritable bowel syndrome?

What foods are good for Irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable Bowel: A diet high in fiber such as bran, fruits and vegetables. Low fat, non-fried foods. Some people also have a lactose intolerance so it may be helpful to try lacy aid with dairy to see if that helps. I find that eating frequent small meals and eating when you don't feel well actually helps. ...Read more

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Can you advise for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

Can you advise for irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

Irritable Bowel: IBS is a troublesome but not a life threatening condition. You can't always predict when or why you'll have symptoms but there are a few things you can do to help. Try eliminating dairy and fatty foods from your diet. Exercise, drink plenty of water, eat small meals and practice some form of relaxation technique like meditation or yoga. ...Read more

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Can wheat and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Can wheat and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

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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How do you diagnose IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

How do you diagnose IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress may be a factor. Rome 3 diagnostic criteria must 1st rule out inflammation, ischemia, & infection. See doc. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

No. Just similar: Sounding names. Ibs is a functional disorder that causes pain and motility problems such as diarrhea or constipation. Treatment is largely symptomatic. Ibd is an inflammatory disorder of unknown cause, such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This is a much more serious condition when you get it, and treatment could require anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and surgery. ...Read more

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Extremely embarrassed and frustrated with having irritable bowel syndrome, what to do?

What started first ?: What started first, if the frustration and the emarrassment first, they might have aggrevated the ibs, you better check with you pcp. ...Read more

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What can be done to diagnose IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

What can be done to diagnose IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

Rome criteria: Endoscopy is important to rule out a different reason for your problems, but not necessary to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. The duration of symptoms , the pattern of pain and the association of discomfort with bowel movements can be used to see if they are compaible with a predefined rome iii criteria which can make a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome. ...Read more

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What is proper diet for irritable bowel syndrome?

What is proper diet for irritable bowel syndrome?

Individualize diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more

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What are the best tips to manage irritable bowel syndrome?

With doctor advice: Cause is unknown, but symptoms can be benefitted by certain prescription medications, which are relatively benign & well tested for several decades by physicians. Imo cause is dysfunction of parasympathetic branch of autonomic nervous system caused by hypermobility of sacroiliac joint (sij) of pelvic girdle. If I am correct pelvic stabilization via sij belt (boa.Com) might help; but no data yet. ...Read more

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Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), how to recover?

Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), how to recover?

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 wheat gluten and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

Is wheat gluten and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

It depends.: It depends on whether or not you can eat gluten containing foods. If you can, it is likely ok. But if you have a problem, then avoid those foods. You might need to avoid lactose foods, like milk. Avoiding stress and an overall high fiber, bland diet would help a great deal if not already done. A visit to your doctor to get tested, and work out therapy can help. ...Read more

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What should you eat if you have irritable bowel syndrome and what should you avoid?

IBS: That's a very difficulty question to answer since different people react differently to various foods. Common sense would be - avoid overeating, foods that are known to take time to digest - high fat, fried foods. Caffeine is a known irritant, so avoid that. Some may not like diary due to worsening diarrhea. If you're on the loose side, fiber rich foods can make you worse. Try and find what works! ...Read more

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If you have irritable bowel syndrome, what is best to eat?

No specific diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome? Happens even when I don't eat anything all day.

Not eating not good: Not eating leads to its own GI manifestations as the gut 'clears itself' to prepare for food. This normal process may make you think your gut is acting up. I suggest you eat small meals of healthy food regularly. ...Read more

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Why do I seem to have irritable bowel syndrome every time i eat something fattening? What is the mechanism behind what 's causing the freq bowels?

It depends on what: Symptoms are you having. Remember ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. Youhave to rule out everything else before diagnosing someone. Fatty and greasy food can irritate your gallbladder too which typically causes epigastric pain with nausea/vomiting and sometimes diarrhea. You will need a GI workup to make sure that your symp are related to ibs and then treatment accordingly. ...Read more

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I have irritable bowel syndrome and I eat healthy. Any cure?

No cure : There is no cure but many people learn to live with ibs to the point where symptoms and impact on life are minimal. ...Read more

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Can wheat and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

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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I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines.Is dat life threatening?What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs.Thanks!

I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines.Is dat life threatening?What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs.Thanks!

Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet (keep a food diary) & emotional stress may be a factor but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, malabsorption. ...Read more

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Is wheat gluten and fiber safe to eat if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?

It depends.: It depends on whether or not you can eat gluten containing foods. If you can, it is likely ok. But if you have a problem, then avoid those foods. You might need to avoid lactose foods, like milk. Avoiding stress and an overall high fiber, bland diet would help a great deal if not already done. A visit to your doctor to get tested, and work out therapy can help. ...Read more

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Hello!!i'm suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and my bowel hurts when i drink beer or i eat some food like chips .should i take a painkiller when i feel this insufferable pain or should i take antispasmodic like buscopan?also when i'm out every n

Hello!!i'm suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and  my bowel hurts when i drink beer or i eat  some food like chips .should i take a painkiller when i feel this 
insufferable pain or should i take 
antispasmodic like buscopan?also when i'm out every n

Avoid the foods: I think the best answer would be to avoid the beer and chips and opt for choices that don't cause insufferable pain. If you get the pain then either medication can help. Pain meds can cause constipation so if you have IBS that is predominantly constipation I would avoid opioid pain medications. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicines help with irritable bowel syndrome? My lower stomach burns and ACHES with gas pain every time I eat or drink milk.

What over the counter medicines help with irritable bowel syndrome? My lower stomach burns and ACHES with gas pain every time I eat or drink milk.

Lactose intolerance: 18 year old woman with burning and aching with gas every time she eats or drinks dairy products. Have you tried a lactase supplement? You may just have lactose intolerance. How are your bowel and bladder habits? Pain around the time of period? Diagnosed with IBS criteria? If so, have you tried a low FODMAP diet for 6-8 weeks? See a dietician.Read: http://tinyurl.com/jku9bqz ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are cures for irritable bowel syndrome?

None: In order to cure a disease, doctors first need to know cause. Cause of ibs is unknown. Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) & Bentyl are prescription medications with known efficacy. Imo ibs is a functional problem caused by impingement of parasympathetic neural system within the pelvic presacral plexus. Pelvic girdle dysfunction from hypermobility is the culprit. There is no easy repair for this biomechanical problem. ...Read more

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I know its irritable bowel syndrome-but please explain it to me?

IBS explained: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could know for sure if I have irritable bowel syndrome ?

Can you tell me how I could know for sure if I have irritable bowel syndrome ?

IBS: There is really no specific test for irritable bowel syndrome at this time. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. In-other-words, you have certain symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and/or constipation. A multitude of tests are done and nothing is found. What you can do is alter your diet and see if it helps. For example; eliminate wheat and/or dairy. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have irritable bowel syndrome as I have the synptoms. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.?

What to do if I have irritable bowel syndrome as I have the synptoms. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.?

Diet and fluids: and probiotics seem to help if patient is compliant. Eat a high fi=ber diet, regular meal times and portions and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily ...Read more

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Any remedy for irritable bowel syndrome? Please help me?

Any remedy for irritable bowel syndrome? Please help me?

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. IUC/CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS 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/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.TX: PROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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Can you tell me is irritable bowel syndrome caused by poor genes?

Can you tell me is irritable bowel syndrome caused by poor genes?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. Not genetic probably. ...Read more

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more

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