Re: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Re: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Posted by Harry
on October 25, 2000 at 03:11:56:
In Reply to: IRRITABLE BOWEL IS NOT A DIAGNOSES posted by Anna on October 24, 2000 at 16:10:16:
: Irritable Bowel is not a diagnoses, it is a symptom of another problem. GI doctors won't tell you this. All they will do is give you synthetic drugs to mask the symptoms and say get use to it. Irritable bowel is caused by a imbalance of the natural flora in your bowels. Somthing causes this imbalance, it doesn't happen by accident, heredity, or just by chance. Some of the causes are antiboitic use, birth-control pills, steriod use, hormonal therapy, bad eating habits, or a combination of some of the above. This imbalance can be corrected. When the good flora in your colon is wiped out, bacteria, parasites, or yeast will take over. These overgrowths cause the IBS. If your overgrowth gets bad enough then a wonderful thing called leaky gut syndrome happens causing an autoimmue response in your body. This in turns causes a host of undesirable things such as Lupus, chronic fatigue, MS, fibromyalgia, etc. I have an overgrowth of candida yeast due to a megadose of antibiotics before surgery and bad eating habits. But I am lucky, my IBS came on suddently so I knew that something was out of balance. So I am determined to get things back in balance, not just mask symptoms with synthetic drugs. Something helpful to look up on the web (I like google.com) is candida sites. Symptoms and help. Your problem could be bacteria or yeasts so you may want to look that up also.
: Please don't think of IBS as a final diagnoses. We need to get the GI Drs. to stop thinking of this as a final answer and make them see this as a symptom.
Ann S is right in her earlier message. True IBS is a very complex illness and not well understood and can be caused by many FACTORS.Some Doctors/ Scientis believe viruses or bacteria may play a role. Lifestyle changes like diet, stress and anxiety are probable in many cases. The overuse of laxatives, antiacids, antibiotics and many drugs that mess-up the microflora of the intestines are factors.IBS doesn't come on suddenly???
Many diseases are related to IBS in some people including candidiasis, colon cancer, diabetes, pancreatic problems, gallbladder disease, ulcers, malabsorbtion problems as well as parasitic infections. Some people even have liver problems that screws with their enzymes.
For IBS to be properly diagnosed --it is necessary to rule out illnesses the bad things that can have similar symptoms such as Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease , diverticulitis, food intolerances like lactose, wheat, corn, ect.
I wish that Re-establishing the intestine friendly bacteria was all that needs to be done and IBS would go away---unfortunatly it doesn't work in all cases.
I suggested a magazine article that was published 3 years ago in a Johns Hopkins magazine on a post on this board 10/08/00. The web address is there----You may want to read the article.You may want to find out more about the ROME Criteria and the Manning Criteria for diagnosing IBS. Also, Ann's right---about twice as many women than men have IBS.