Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of chronic disorders that affect the large intestine. It causes abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, and mucus in stools. IBS increases the risk of colorectal cancer.

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I have been having lower right abdominal pain for the past year. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old male. I do not smoke or drink, and my body mass index is normal. I had dinner at a restaurant with a friend about a year ago. A few days later, both of us developed right low quarter abdominal pain, and he even had his appendix removed. My right side pain was at lea...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, it seems to be post-infectious IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). The IBS started after a brief episode of acute gastroenteritis, which you and your friend developed one year ago. Chronic appendicitis is actually never been documented. Whenever there is inflammati...  Read Full »

Can severe constipation aggravate to malignancy?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having overflowing diarrhea and constipation for about four weeks now. I am under investigation and will have a colonoscopy in a few weeks. I am under investigtion for IBS. I have been under so much stress lately. Blood tests on kidneys and liver are acceptable. I also do no...  Read Full »

Dr. Jagdish Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It looks like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) only. So, do regular exercise, meditation, and yoga. Have a good sleep. Avoid juice and milk. I would suggest you tablet Rifagut (Rifaximin) 550 mg thrice daily after meals for ten days.  Read Full »

How many hours after Xarelto can I take Pepto-Bismol and Ondansetron?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a healthy 45-year-old female who does not smoke. I had pain in my right calf over the last week. I went to the ER and had blood work done and an ultrasound. It was negative for a blood clot. A few days later, I still had the pain, and it was moving behind my knee, so as a precauti...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tablet Pepto-Bismol is broken down by body metabolism and divided into bismuth salts and salicylates. The bismuth salt's half-life is up to 11 days. But salicylates are the reason for the bleeding. Usually, the half-life of salicylates is six to ten hours. So within two t...  Read Full »

I noticed bright red blood in my stools. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 35 years old male. A few months ago, I noticed bright red blood on the toilet paper after I wiped it and on the surface of my stool. One week after that, I tested positive for covid. The bleeding continued for three weeks, and a dull ache in the stomach just below the breast bone, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your current symptoms of gas, some pain immediately resolving after passing gas, and slow bowel movements are secondary to a condition called post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Since it all started after the COVID infection, it is n...  Read Full »

I have alternating episodes of constipation and diarrhea. What can it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having trouble with my bowels, experiencing diarrhea and constipation for about seven weeks now. I am going for a colonoscopy. I have been tested for celiac disease, which was negative, and my thyroid function is normal. I have also been tested for CA 125 tumor marker, CA 19-9...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. As per your description, it is most likely IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), but it is an autoimmune disease and difficult to diagnose. Therefore, it is better to go for a colonoscopy to rule out the cause. I ho...  Read Full »

Why am I suffering from frequent passing of gas and stools immediately after eating?

Query: Hello doctor,I am currently having digestive problems for the last six months. I have issues with passing gas frequently, and food does not stay in my stomach whenever I eat; I need to go to the toilet soon to excrete. A few years ago, I had the same problem, and I did an endoscopy twice. Once, it c...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Based on your history and description, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is more likely. IBS is often associated with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). And both these are associated with stress, anxiety, bad eating habits, alcohol and...  Read Full »

I have been having diarrhea and constipation for about four weeks now. Can you please help me?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been under stress lately and have been having 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 gallstones and a cyst in my ovaries. Blood tests on kidneys and liver are normal. I do not have c...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It looks like Irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhea-predominant subtype). I would recommend you discuss with your doctor to prescribe you Mebeverine, which helps smooth muscles relaxation and reduces diarrhea. It usually gives good results. ...  Read Full »

Are extremely painful and bloody stools a feature of irritable bowel syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from stomach pain, throwing up, bright red to dark black blood in stool, and a constant urge to go to the toilet. However, I cannot finish going to the toilet, and the stomach pain is so bad it is hard to do anything else. I have had these symptoms for two and a half years. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand the reason why you are upset. But the information you have provided is somewhat insufficient to reach a conclusive diagnosis. First of all, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) does not cause blood in stools. So it must be another reason for it. Did you have...  Read Full »

What can be done for continuous bloating and farting?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 32 years old male. During the evening time, I started bloating and fart continuously. This is happening since last 6 to 8 months. I have high cholesterol and taking Rozavel 10. It is very embarrasing.  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Rosuvastatin (Rozavel) is a lipid-lowering drug that may cause excessive flatulence in some patients. However, you might have irritable bowel syndrome. You must elaborate on your symptoms. Do you feel pain in the abdomen? Do you have a fixed time of meal? For flatulence...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex, and I suffered from gastric problems after that. Are these related?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected intercourse about five years ago. After the intercourse, I became sick the next day and was hospitalized for a few days. I started noticing some gastric problems since then that will not go away. I have been diagnosed with H.pylori infection, and I received the treatm...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through your detailed history. Bacillus is a group of bacteria that are gram-positive. They can be found in stool, vomiting, and food samples. So basically, they have a fecal-oral transmission route and cause food poisoning. So s...  Read Full »

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