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Living With IBS. Fasting. Pregnancy. Sleeping. Gluten-Free Diet. Banana. GI Problems.

Two months ago I was diagnosed with IBS. I read that stress can make my IBS worse. Is this true? What can I do to reduce stress?

Angela Johnoson: Yes, it is true. According to a recent article in WebMD, stress is thought to either cause or make symptoms associated with IBS worse. As a ...   read more
2008-10-25 07:53:50

What kind of fiber is available in the market?

Sue Mikolaitis: Fiber comes from a variety of foods and dietary supplements and is essential to maintaining the health of your gastrointestinal tract. There are two main types ...   read more
2008-10-25 07:53:25

I did not have any GI problems until 4 months ago when I have surgery for my appendix. Could a surgery like this result in IBS?

Dr. Drossman: Yes this is possible. We now understand that an infection of the bowel like a bacterial gastroenteritis, procedures on the bowel (including colonoscopy) or operations can ...   read more
2008-03-28 10:23:45

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Nature of IBS Disorder. Food Alergy. Bad Memories. Stress, Thoughts, Feelings.

I have some bad memories from my childhood. Do you think my current problem with IBS has to do any thing with those thoughts?

Dr. Drossman: IBS is a disorder where the symptoms of pain, diarrhea and constipation can be influenced by ...   read more
2007-11-06 10:59:14

Is food allergy related to IBS?

Dr. Tobin: It can be. With a food allergy the abdominal pain or discomfort can be accompanied by ...   read more
2007-11-06 10:33:47

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IBS Symptoms. Abdominal Pain and Cramps. Bloating, Diarrhea, Milk Alergy. Constipation.

I have constipation and each time I have to strain a lot. I do not have any abdominal pain or other symptoms. Do I have IBS?

Dr. Drossman: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is diagnosed when there is a combination of symptoms, specifically abdominal pain ...   read more
2007-11-06 10:56:59

I cannot tolerate milk. Each time I drink milk, I have bloating and diarrhea. Is this a milk allergy?

Dr. Tobin: This is not a milk allergy. This reaction is typical for lactose intolerance. This is caused ...   read more
2007-11-06 10:55:57

I have abdominal pain and cramps that relieves with bowel movement for 4 weeks. My stool is some how looser when I have pain. A few months ago I had the same symptoms for 4 weeks. Do I have IBS or not?

Dr. Drossman: Possibly. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience pain and bowel symptoms like diarrhea in ...   read more
2007-11-06 10:55:42

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Diagnosis of IBS. CT Entroclysis. SmartPill Gastrointestinal (GI) Monitoring System. Food Alergies.

I have heard that there is camera that can show the entire gastrointestinal system. Should I get this test as part of work-up for IBS?

Dr. Farhadi: Pillcam ® is a very small camera that can fit into a pill size capsule and ...   read more
2007-12-25 01:38:38

What tests are available for finding food allergies?

Dr. Tobin: When trying to see if there is a food allergy, it is important to keep a ...   read more
2007-12-07 07:26:26

What is SmartPill® Gastrointestinal (GI) Monitoring System and does it have any role in IBS?

Dr. Farhadi: The SmartPill® Gastrointestinal (GI) Monitoring System is an ingestible capsule which measures pressure, acidity and temperature ...   read more
2007-11-06 10:57:54

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Treatment Options. Herbal Medicines. Live Bacteria VSL. Iberogast.

I’m a 39-year-old female with IBS. I’ve been working with a dietitian who specializes in GI issues to help me make positive changes to my diet. In addition to eating healthy, I might be interested in incorporating herbs into my care. How would you suggest I do this?

Angela Johnson: First of all, it’s great that you’ve made a commitment to eat a more healthy diet. ...   read more
2009-01-09 16:28:10

What is noni juice? Is this herbal remedy effective for IBS?

Dr. Brown: Noni is a small tree in the family Rubiaceae. It is grown in the Pacific islands, ...   read more
2008-08-24 16:32:39

Recently, a friend suggested that I incorporate acupuncture into my care to treat my IBS. What is acupuncture and will it help me?

A Johnson: Great question. You will be happy to know that acupuncture might be a very helpful ...   read more
2008-07-26 20:36:24

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