Non Pharmacological Treatment Of Ibs

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 “Well I am not yet sure. I need to evaluate my patientproperly.� 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.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Managing Irritable Bowels Better

In the scary world of intestinal tracts themost common ghost is a mysterious syndrome that travels under the code name of IBS.Irritable bowel syndrome can be very uncomfortable and interfere with daily living.Thank you Kelly for your question about how you could better manage your irritable bowel.Fortunately, it's not a lifethreatening medical condition.The root causes are frustratingly elusive. It's really not a disease.Nor is there any chronic inflammation of the bowel.s who have studied the problem say that it's probably related mostly to stress foodallergies.

Since the causes are elusive finding an appropriateremedy can pose a real challenge for you. Here are 6 tips you should consider implementingin your selfcare routine: Tip 1 is to monitor your selfawareness.By keeping a daily diary recording any IBS symptoms along with all foods beveragesingested or any stressful events you might be able to pinpoint possible culprits.Tip 2 is to drink throughout the day. Try to drink eight 12ounce glasses of watera day and more if you're an active person. Also avoid potential bowel irritants suchas alcohol caffeine especially on an empty stomach.3 is to eat 4 to 5 small meals.

By eating several small meals a day ratherthan 2 or 3 large ones you can reduce the mealstimulated increase in bowel contractions potential diarrhea. Tip 4 Give peppermint a try.Calm your aching colon by taking peppermint oil extract an herbal medicine long used fordigestive problems. Tip 5 Practice relaxation regularly.Make an effort to develop effective relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or massage.Since stress plays a big part in the onset of IBS explore various nonpharmaceuticalways of reducing its effects. And tip 6 Engage in mild exercise.In general, exercise can be very therapeutic

for people with IBS because it helps reducestress and it can normalize bowel function if constipation is the problem.On a personal note one of the symptoms of my fibromyalgia condition happens to be anirritable bowel. What helped me initially was to monitor myfood intake stress level. By comparing how I was feeling to what washappening to my body I was able to gradually change my diet lifestyle.Both of these changes took time to incorporate into my daily routine.However, my IBS symptoms have decreased in both severity frequency by taking a proactiveapproach.

I encourage you to do the same.Looking to pick up more great self care tips, then visit us at TreatingFibromyalgia .Just click on the link in the description box below.And keep those questions concerns coming in so that we can continue to create the 3minute marvel for you.

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