Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)
Dr. Anand received MBBS degree from Medical College Amritsar, University of Punjab. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Postgraduate Institute of medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was trained in the field of Gastroenterology and obtained the DPhil degree. Dr. Anand is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
In this Article
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) facts
- What irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes and risk factors?
- What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and signs?
- What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- What are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) treatments?
- IBS medications
- Is there an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diet?
- What lifestyle changes may help IBS symptoms and signs?
- Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) related to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?
- What types of doctors treat IBS?
- Is it possible to prevent IBS?
- What are potential complications of IBS?
- What is the prognosis for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
What lifestyle changes may help IBS symptoms and signs?
Some lifestyle changes that can also help relieve symptoms are
- eat smaller, more frequent meals;
- quit smoking;
- exercise regularly;
- avoid caffeine;
- use stress management and relaxation techniques;
- gut-directed hypnosis;
- pain-management techniques;
- cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy.
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.
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