IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a group of gastrointestinal conditions causing symptoms like stomach cramps, stomach pain, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. The stomach pain associated with IBS is relieved after a bowel movement.
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Recently I am diagnosed with IBS, the doctor asked me to consult with a specialist. Can I try working on my diet and avoid going to the specialist?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been having stomach issues for years now. I have visited a doctor in the past and had blood and stool tests done. In the end, he believed it was IBS and said if I wanted to be certain I should visit a specialist. It is neither better nor worse these days and only really affects ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. While dietary changes can help manage IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms, it is important to understand that IBS is a complex condition that may require a more comprehensive approach to treatment. A specialist can help you develop a personalized treatment plan tha... Read Full »
Do I have muscle pain, fatigue, and lower back pain due to IBS flare-ups?
Query: Hello doctor,My body pain started ten days ago. I also experience fatigue, muscle pain, and lower back pain. I had COVID-19 one and a half months ago. I also have IBS but do not have a fever or other conditions. Why do I have muscle pain and body aches? Are my problems related to IBS flare-ups? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your case history (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The symptoms you explain are more associated with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. IBS is irritable bowel syndrome. Your problems a... Read Full »
Do I have IBS if I have overflowing diarrhea and constipation continuously for weeks?
Query: Hi doctor,I have been having overflow diarrhea and constipation for about four weeks now. I am under investigation for IBS and will have a colonoscopy in a few weeks. I have been under so much stress lately. My blood tests on my kidneys and liver are fine, and I also do not have celiac disease. But ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Intermittent diarrhea and constipation are features of IBS. Mild pain and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth are some common features of IBS. Most of the organic causes are already ruled out based on your information. Treatment of IBS depe... Read Full »
I was diagnosed with IBS many years back. How to get rid of its symptoms?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42 year old male, who weighs 210 lbs, and I am 5.11 feet tall. I have been having severe digestive and related symptoms for quite some time. I was diagnosed with IBS many years ago, but I would like a second opinion. My symptoms include severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue,... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), they are fine except some neutrophilia, which is indicative of some inflammation or infection somewhere. Overall, it is fine. Do you have any fever or burning while urination?There is a ... Read Full »
What causes bloating, stomach cramps, and bowel movement multiple times a day?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 40 years old, and my digestion is always a concern for me, but I am having bloating, stomach cramps, stool discharge 3-4 times a day since last month. There is no blood found in the stool, and the stool test confirmed a few macrophages in the stool. Often sound comes from the abdom... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand you must be very upset about your problem. Well, the symptoms you mention seem to be occurring due to irritable bowel syndrome with functional dyspepsia. Irritable syndrome is a gastrointestinal entity where the patient has abdominal pain, which ch... Read Full »
How to get rid of symptoms of IBS-C?
Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from IBS-C. It got started four months back. I had severe stomach cramps, bloating, constipation and gas. I stopped taking gluten and dairy products in my diet. I started taking probiotics, oats, chia seeds, and all sorts of tea to have some relief. Before a month, I waked up ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have a problem with the defecation or popping mechanism. It is called dyssynergic defecation or obstructive constipation. In this condition, the muscle responsible for the passage of stools works in a quite bizarre and uncoordinated manner. You have a less l... Read Full »
What are the symptoms of IBS that most people ignore, and when to see a doctor?
Query: Hi doctor, What are the symptoms of IBS that most people ignore? When do people need to see a doctor? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for asking this important question. The most important thing you need to know about irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, is that it is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that more serious things need to be ruled out. IBS refers to a chronic bowel disorder of... Read Full »
I have abdominal soreness and constipation, which improves on taking Miralax. Is it suggestive of IBS?
Query: Hello doctor, I have some abdominal soreness in the upper right abdominal region where the ascending colon meets the transverse colon. My X-ray report says normal, but when I look, I see a dark area at that location. I have severe constipation issues, which are now improving with Miralax. Recent abd... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. I have reviewed your case history and attached reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The X-ray image suggests right-sided fecal loading in ascending colon, a common finding in patients w... Read Full »
Will taking Magnesium for a long duration leads to the development of laxative dependent bowel movement?
Query: Hello doctor, I am contacting you regarding my bowel issues. About five years ago, I began taking moderate to high doses of Magnesium to ease my heart palpitations. This caused my stools to be very loose and easy to pass. I would normally have 2 to 3 bowel movements a day. Beginning last year, I st... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Magnesium dependency looks unlikely. Magnesium, being a laxative, helped your pre-existing condition. The symptoms you have mentioned point towards IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This is constipation-predominant IBS. In constipation-predominant IBS, you may develop SR... Read Full »
How to confirm H.pylori infection?
Query: Hi doctor,Two months ago, I had diarrhea and vomiting. My gastroenterologist diagnosed it as GERD and found H.pylori unit 112 tested through blood. My LFT, CBC, and RBC were fine, with occasional white cells in my urine and uric acid was 6. I took Klaricid 500, Ospamox 1 g, Levopraid, Omeprazole, an... Read Full »
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, all laboratory reports and ultrasound abdomen reports are normal except for the Helicobacter pylori antibody (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You were told to have GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) based on the H.pylori test, but this test mig... Read Full »