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 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

I have indigestion, constipation, low appetite, weight loss, inability to gain weight, and anal itching. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from digestion issues, mostly bloating, from more than seven months. While taking medicines, I was feeling fine, and once I stopped them, my symptoms recurred. My present symptoms include indigestion, constipation, improper motions, low appetite, weight loss, inabilit...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As far as your questions are concerned, the following are my answers. Just go on an empty stomach so that if required, they can do an endoscopy. All the tests can be performed on an empty stomach. I personal...  Read Full »

Should I be worried about the change in the pattern of bowel movements?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 37-year-old male. My height is 175 cm, and my weight is 72 kg. From my childhood, the pattern of the bowel movements I remember used to be after half an hour or one hour of getting up, around 8.30 AM to 9 AM. But now, for the past two months or so, as soon as I wake up, whatever tim...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. These are not the symptoms of any cancer. A lot of people have such bowel habits. I would recommend you following, 1. Drink plenty of fluids. 2. Eat lots of fruits, especially papaya. 3. Take Softovac powder with two teaspoons full of water at night. 4. Exercise reg...  Read Full »

Can IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) cause kidney stones?

Query: Hello doctor,I have constant dull pain under my right rib that has lasted over a month, accompanied by upper-middle abdomen discomfort, gas, and bloating. The pain is followed by indigestion when eating a large meal of something like pizza. I am passing stool two times a day. Sometimes it is hard, a...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After reading your query and analyzing your reports, I feel you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Do you ever have pain once you are asleep? Do you have any anxiety issues? What medicines have you taken till now? Please revert with the asked details for better hel...  Read Full »

Does eating slate pencil cause diarrhea and indigestion?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old female working as a banker in a rural area. I used to eat slate pencils. I stopped it for the last six months as I experienced nausea, vomiting and passing loose stools. Since then, my hemoglobin level dropped to 7%. If I eat outside food, I suffer from loose stools and...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. It does not look like a result of eating slate pencils. You either have hyperthyroidism or could be a result of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This needs to be evaluated by a battery of tests including blood sugar, thyroid profile, stool test, a...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some tests to diagnose IBS.

Query: Hi doctor, I have extreme upper abdominal pain or pressure feeling after eating. It causes nausea and vomiting within minutes after eating or drinking anything, including water sometimes. I have had several CAT scans, barium x-ray, two endoscopies, an EKG, a CAT scan of my brain and tons of blood w...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. After going through your query, it seems to me that you are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) associated with acid reflux disease. Pain in the abdomen with normal investigations is a consistent feature of IBS, as is true in your case. ...  Read Full »

Are Omeprazole and Bifidobacteria capsules suitable to treat antral gastritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old male. I had an endoscopy of the stomach for upper abdominal pain. I got the report of antral gastritis and a small submucosal nodule in the antrum. I have attached a photo. Are antacids (like Omeprazole) and Bifidobacteria capsules good enough to treat this complete...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your question but, I need to understand the symptoms for which your endoscopy was done. Please do mention if you have pain, weight loss, or you get black tarry stools. Revert with the asked details for help.  Read Full »

What can cause bloating, irregular bowel and watery stool?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from irregular bowel. I feel burning sensation in the stomach and anus. If I eat anything spicy, I need to go to restroom immediately. My poop smells and is semisolid, sometimes watery but not like diarrhea. I am suffering with this condition for past one year. I am tak...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Your history is a classical suggestive of that. However, IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. So, we need to be sure it is not anything else like ulcerative colitis, thyroid disorder or autonomic neu...  Read Full »

Why do i have consistent acid reflux the whole day? Can GERD cause sleeplessness?

Query: Hi doctor, I have consistent acid reflux when I wake up and until I go to sleep for about three weeks now. It is so bad now that I can not just eat. My mouth tastes to have a nice and yummy food. I get upper back and chest pains when I am lying down at night. I have been checked out by my cardiolo...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I would advise you to take a combination of Pantoprazole and Domperidone for the reflux. Also, you should take a soft and balanced diet. You should also put a pillow below your head when you sleep. Make a habit ...  Read Full »

Which is the best probiotic for acid reflux?

Query: Hi doctor, I have acid reflux since 10 years. My H.pylori test is negative. I already overused Pantoprazole and it caused side effects like vitamin B12 deficiency, muscle weakness, etc. So, I would like to discontinue it. I heard that probiotics may heal my problem. Can I use probiotics? If so, th...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome. Yes, probiotics play a wonderful role in this. In fact the famous probiotic for this purpose available in market are Darolac-IBS and VSL-3 (lactic acid). You can take them twice a day. For further ...  Read Full »

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