Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS and What Tests You Should Get
Kenneth Falchukgt;gt;gt; Irritable bowel syndromeis the word points to it, is a syndrome, it is a composite of complaints that patientshave that effect the GI tract. It is not something that we could immediately say is caused byan infection or is caused by a structural change in the bowel. So therefore the physician who evaluates thepatient with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has to pay attention to the types of symptoms,when they occuré How frequent is your trigger factor, has to evaluate his patient for thepossibility of other conditions and that is where we bring in the criteria of or the charactersof what we call reg flags.
So irritable bowel syndrome is a combinationof symptoms that the patient mentions to the treating evaluating physician that consistsof either pain with or without a change in bowel habit such as diarrhea, constipation,or a variable pattern, a mixture of both diarrhea or constipation with bloating with a changein a shape, consistency of they stools, they could be loose, they could be hard, they couldbe like little fragments. Above all, the irritable bowel does not havethe red flags that I mentioned previously, that is the presence of bleeding, very significantrelevant weight loss in a short period of time, no fever, and no vomiting, once we considerthe red flags and if they are not present
in the patient, there are other lab resultsthat we could request to evaluate the patient and exclude something that may be caused byanother illness other than the IBS, the irritable bowel. If a physician requests those labs, they arenot specific. There is no specific blood test to make the diagnosis of an irritable bowel.So what one does when he looks at the lab for help to see if there is anemia, evidenceof bleeding indirectly or directly, a low red cell count, a low iron or something calledferritin, signs of inflammation in the blood. We request a test called Sed rate or CRP thatindirectly look at this aspect.
Other tests may show low protein to suggesta difficult absorption, nutrition, which is not really a main issue when one deals withirritable bowel. So once the red flags are excluded and that the physician is certainabout that, he or she can then say â€œWell I am not yet sure. I need to evaluate my patientproperly.â€� That can be done with xrays such as CAT scan, xray of a small intestine,a barium enema sometimes or proceed to something more specific and definitive, yet somewhatinvasive called a colonoscopy where you look at the lining of the colon. You can take samplesand make sure there is no inflammation. The bottomline is to make sure that thereis no colitis because colitis is treated differently.
It is somewhat of a greater concern to somepatients because it could bleed to serious consequences and disabilities, so it is importantnot to attach diagnosis of IBS, irritable bowel, to someone who may have something thatcan be treated differently and therefore modify their quality of life and outcome. I think that more or less summarizes whatI have been trying to convey about what IBS irritable bowel syndrome is and how to proceedwith a detail specific evaluation of this condition.
Vomiting Home Remedies Instant Relief
Consuming edibles can be very satisfying. Throwing up, or vomiting, is not what anybody would prefer to do no matter what the incentive may be. Vomiting can occur as a result of Food poisoning, Food allergies, Overeating, Overdose of alcohol, Emotional stress, Brain tumor, Acid reflux, Gall bladder disease, Ingestion of toxins, Drug reaction and Metabolic disturbances. By way of vomiting, the body forces out the contents inside the stomach through the mouth. Here are some natural home remedies to ease nausea and vomiting. Take a teaspoon of ginger juice.
And Mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in it. And take this mixture for relief. You can also chew a piece of raw ginger with or without honey. Ginger acts as a natural antiemetic. Take a cup of white rice. And boil it in one to one and a half cup of water. When the rice is cooked, strain this solution. And drink this rice water.
It is extremely beneficial when dealing with gastritis Boil a cup of water. And take one teaspoon of cinnamon powder in it. You can also steep a cinnamon stick in this solution. Drink this solution. This is particularly beneficial for kids. You can also sweeten it with a tablespoon of honey. Some tips to help you control vomiting. Take a light, bland meal and eat slowly.
Take some rest but do not sleep immediately after having a meal. And do not brush your teeth right after eating.
Functional Bowel Disorders
gt;gt; One of the things that patientswill tell you is most troubling to them is that feeling of isolation. That feeling that they're the only one in theworld that's suffering with these problems. That feeling that there's no way forthem to share their illness experience with even their loved ones in many cases. These patients suffer in silence. It is remarkable the storiesthat you hear from patients. Everything from patients literallynot wanting to leave their home
to when they leave their home having to knowwhere every bathroom is between where they leave and when they get to wherever they're going to. These problems really profoundlyaffect patients' quality of life. gt;gt; We probably see thousands ofpatients every year as a division. My job, I think, in the initial visit especiallyis to educate them that what they have is real, what they have is affecting their lives. What they have is, therefore, treatable, andthen we would work together to come up with that treatment plan so theycan gain some control back.
gt;gt; What works for one person may notbe the same thing that works for you. If the symptoms are severe enough to wherethey're getting in the way of their being able to enjoy life or carry out their jobs,it really is time to go see a physician. gt;gt; A lot of s aren't comfortablewith telling people necessarily that they have a condition like irritablebowel syndrome or functional bowel disease because then they don't really knowthen what to offer that patient. I think that's where a lotof patients get frustrated. Being told that nothing is wrong, butthen they're not left with any plan.
gt;gt; The University of Michigan is really one ofonly a handful of programs in the United States that can provide a comprehensivemultidisciplinary approach to patients with functional GI disorders. We have two dedicated programs whichcan cater to patients with disorders like irritable bowel syndrome,functional dyspepsia, severe constipation, or fecal incontinence. gt;gt; We have gastroenterology physiologylab that can offer certain breath testing and monometry testing, but alsoour interpretation and quality
of those tests are very, very inaudible. gt;gt; We're helping the field to betterunderstand what causes these disorders. So the underlying science behind the symptomsthat define these disorders are helping to better understand how toevaluate and diagnose these patients. This is literally what we do every day. The most important thing forpatients with functional GI disorders and IBS to realize is they're not alone. There are many patients who suffer with theexact same symptoms, and there are s
at the University of Michigan that can offera diagnosis and solutions to their problems. They shouldn't feel hopeless.