Is ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) a true medical condition?

Yes. In ibs, the bowel looks normal, even under the microscope. But it reacts to stimuli differently than normal bowel does. For instance, distention that does not cause pain in a normal bowel can cause a great deal of pain in someone with ibs. There is ongoing research on this.
Yes. In fact the gastroenterology society has strict guidelines on describing it. One such guideline is the rome criteria which distinguishes between ibs that is constipation or diarrhea predominant.

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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...

How to know if I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

What symptoms ? You are young, but I have to know wehat symptoms do you have. The best thing to do is to start by seeing your pcp. Read more...

I need help! How do I know if I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

Symptoms? It depends on your symptoms. Some ibs sufferers have change in bowel habits, abdominal cramps, food intolerances, etc. your medical provider can assist you. Read more...

How does a gastroenterologist treat IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

IBS. IBS May be predominantly diarrhea episodes or primarily constipation but can be a mixture of both. Medication is available for those with persistent constipation. Dietary advice often consists of asking the patient to keep track of what foods cause symptoms such as salads,fruits,etc. In constipation problems emphasis is on adequate fiber and fluid intake. Read more...
IBS. Different medications are used based on the symptoms of the IBS. Some may have perdominantly diarrhea others may have constipation. Read more...
Depends. It depends on whether or not you have constipation predominant or diarrhea predominant IBS. Most Gi doctors I see treat it with miralax (polyethylene glycol) and a good diet high in fiber. Read more...

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...

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...