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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)

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What natural and home remedies or other lifestyle changes may help IBS symptoms and signs?

Some lifestyle changes that can also help relieve symptoms are:

Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) related to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is considered one of the factors that may produce signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The medical data from studies done on SIBO are conflicting.

Some studies show an increase in gas production by intestinal bacteria as a cause of the pain and bloating associated with IBS. However, other studies done to determine if SIBO is the cause of IBS and if antibiotic treatment of SIBO is helpful in reducing or eliminating IBS symptoms have not been conclusive.

What are potential complications of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

In general, there are few complications associated with this functional disease other than the symptoms of the disease itself. If someone has hemorrhoids, the diarrhea and constipation associated with IBS may irritate them. Also, too strict a diet that limits nutrients could cause problems related to lack of proper nutrition.

The biggest complication of IBS may be on the quality of life. The stress and anxiety as well as the impact on daily activities the condition can cause may be troublesome for patients.

IBS does not lead to colon cancer, rectal bleeding, or inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.

Which specialties of doctors treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

A primary-care provider or family-medicine specialist or a child's pediatrician may first diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. You will likely be referred to a gastroenterologist (a specialist in disorders of the digestive system) for further treatment.

Is it possible to prevent irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

It may not be possible to prevent developing IBS, but you can take steps to prevent symptoms for occurring or worsening. As discussed earlier, dietary and lifestyle changes can help you manage symptoms. To identify food triggers, your doctor may suggest that you keep a food diary and avoid foods that cause symptoms. Manage stress and anxiety, and try cognitive therapy or psychotherapy if needed.

What is the prognosis for a person with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disease with symptoms that tend to come and go. The overall prognosis for patients with IBS depends on the severity and frequency of symptoms, and the patient's ability to control these symptoms, whether by diet, lifestyle changes, or medications.

There is no known cure for IBS, but there are many treatment options to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Good communication with a doctor is important to help manage this condition.


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