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How do I know if I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

I definitely have an irritable bowel, and it interferes with my everyday activities and comfort level, however, what makes an irritable bowel, irritable bowel syndrome?

How does a doctor determine you have irritable bowel syndrome? What does it mean if you do? What treatment is there?

That's one of the mysteries of life. Docs don't know what causes IBS but they know stress contributes to it. They will be able to tell by hearing your symptoms usually. If they are not sure they will send you to a Gastroenterologist and he will listen to your symptoms and if he is not sure he may give you medication to see if it helps, if not he may have to do a scope. They have meds for IBS. They give you antispasmodics which calm the colon and help the IBS. I had it for many years, the meds helped me a lot.  (+ info)

How common is Irritable Bowel Syndrome among student?

I have terrible irritable bowel syndrome and I eat healthy. Stress. Pent up emotions. ANy cure?

have u been to a dr. ????  (+ info)

I have Irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis , what OTC meds can i use for a headache?

I have IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and Gastritis and I've been getting headaches a lot , is there any pain medications that will get rid of my headache but not harm my stomach so much?

@ Sandra and ladeedah -

Your problems (all of them) are caused by not drinking enough water - dehydration. You're either not drinking enough water or you're drinking a lot of soft drinks or coffee or energy drinks or some other water alternative.

Doctors advise to "drink plenty of fluids", so when people hear "fluids" they immediately run out for a soft drink or something else besides water. Water has a bland taste, so people opt for something with "personality" - after all, the doctor DID say "fluids".

These doctors are idiots. They used to advise to drink 8-10 eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Obviously, they never knew what for. The alternative drinks above all act like a diuretic and pull water out of your body at a rate of 50% more than they put in. The body functions on water, and it won't accept anything else.

Nearly every health problem that is not inherited or injury-related is caused by not drinking enough water. This encompasses those that you mentioned. Click on the link below to learn how to correct the problem(s) properly before they cause more problems for you.  (+ info)

Can Irritable bowel syndrome cause loss of appetite and nausea?

Can Irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colon cause loss of appetite and nausea? I have both and my colon is very sensitive any physiological trauma can trigger any symptoms...
What can i do bout this? Please anyone??

absolutely,loss of appetite and nausea are one of many symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome check out this health magazine for more answers

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Can menstrual cramping be caused by irritable bowel syndrome?

I discovered a few days ago that I mostly likely have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I started this new medicine, and I noticed today that I have menstrual cramps. They feel different, though, like they aren't being caused by my uterus contracting, but maybe by the muscles that are superficial to the uterus, because they also seem to reach farther up. I'm not quite sure what they are. Any ideas? Thanks!

Are you menstruating? It depends on what your symptoms are that the new medicine is trying to target. If you have ad frequent bouts of diarrhea you may have started a med to slow the bowel down, alternatively if you have had constipation you may need a medicine to speed the bowel up a little. Either way, this new medicine is likely given you a few side effects-which is the cramping that you feel. This problem should pass as your body adjusts to the medication. Did your Dr. discuss with you trying the "Elimination diet"? This is generally used for food allergies, which often wreak havoc with the bowels. There is no sense in taking medicine for the symptom (IBS) IF there is an underlying cause that can be treated and eliminate the problem. Not all IBS suffers have food allergy, but MANY do!! Look online for guidance on the diet. Once you have carefully cleaned up your food intake (always reading labels!) you can get a sense if your symptoms subside or improve. The most common irritants that lead to bowel problems are wheat, yeast, sugar and dairy. Talk to your Dr. and let him/her know you would like to try this and see if you get the benefit. Thankfully there are many alternatives to wheat and dairy so you can eat a delicious and varied diet without feeling deprived, but more importantly without the discomfort of IBS>  (+ info)

If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, what is safe to eat?

Hi, I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which I only just learned about recently. After years of suffering and testing at my GI's office, we have to come to attribute my condition to IBS. I am trying to eat safer foods, but have put on some weight with all the breads that I chose (breads are safer).

I would love to eat some healthier foods, but those are the gasiest for me (fruits, vegetables, salads). Does anybody who is also suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome have any ideas for foods that I can eat?

I would like to give you examples of what a doctor would tell you to eat.but as a nurse I have had patients tell me all different kinds of foods work for different people---one lady told me black coffee--hey it worked for her but I wouldn't reccomend it---stay away form rich fatty food-spicy foods--ice cream ect...The best Doc I ever knew used to tell his patients-----everything in moderation and to always take ''beano'' with every meal..........  (+ info)

What is a proper diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

What foods should someone avoid who has Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Are there foods that are good for it? Any other tips? Thank you.

it'll take you the same amount of time to do a search on the web as typing this question but don't worry i got it for you. here's the link...

http://www.ctds.info/ibs_diet.html  (+ info)

what are the best ways to control irritable bowel syndrome?

i have been struggling with irritable bowel syndrome for a week now. I was prescribed Levsin to help relax my bowels, Although I take the medication every four hours like i'm supposed to I still have trouble eating, I went for 4 days and did not eat. I finally ate and the first few times i didn't have an attack, but i starting to have stomach pain after the last meal. Is there certain foods that are better for me to eat, or am I just going to have to deal with this the rest of my life! Please help me!

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is it possible to get irritable bowel syndrome?

I was wandering if its possible to get irritable bowel syndrome at any age?
How do you know when you have it?

Any one can get it. I know a 7 year old girl who had irritable bowel syndrome?

Just like the others have stated, the internet has a ton of information that you can research about.

Good Luck.  (+ info)

What can i do to stop irritable bowel syndrome??

I been diagnose with irritable bowel syndrome for 4 years now and take medication daily called DICETEL. I don't take dairy products.I drink soy breuvages instead.I would like to eat more vegetables but a lot of them give me diarhea.Some fruts gives me stomach cramps.What can i do ?? How do you live with this disease.


It is important to talk to your doctor and perhaps a nutritionist as well. It is REALLY important to get a balanced diet even with food restrictions---the consequences down the road can be disastrous from a poor or unbalanced diet--anything from vitamin or nutrient deficiencies to electrolyte imbalances (which can affect your heart and nervous system--brain).

I know that I have heard you can take immodium (loperamide) regularly in the small dose---like one caplet daily--but not sure how many times daily---specifically FOR helping with IBS. The medicine in immodium isnt like pepto---instead it only works on slowing DOWN the speed of the contractions through the intestions. Before doing this, I would make sure to talk to your doctor or a pharmacist though---to double check. Also, I am wondering if there may be another doctor your own doc could refer you to---a gastro-enterologist or someone who deals with IBS regularly?

Good luck to you---my sister has IBS, and I know she has had a tough time with it.  (+ info)

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