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Tips to reduce irritable bowel syndrome - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Average Posted in: IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
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User :   Hi I am been having intestinal problems. My stool is sticky and hard to pass. Very soft. I want to know what I should do. I have done a month of supplements to put in good bacteria....some improvementI am worried it is celiac disease. I also have red bumpy itchy rash that comes and goes on my shins and hands...and buttocks.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed
User :   hello
Doctor :   since when you are having these symptoms?
Doctor :   do you have any other associated symptoms?
User :   started about 4 months ago.....the intestinal stuff....rash is recent
Doctor :   like nausea, stomach discomfort, burning sensation, belching, burping, flatulence?
User :   tired alot.....I take iron supplement that helps som
User :   burping and some gas
Doctor :   is there mucus/blood present in stools?
User :   no
User :   some times I have mucous
User :   but not poop when I do
Doctor :   ok.
User :   it is very sticky and like it can't come out
Doctor :   have you had gastroenterologist consultation or a colonoscopy done?
User :   no I don't have insurance had heart condition and no insurance will accept me with preexisting condition
Doctor :   your symptoms are suggestive of IBS (inflammatory bowel syndrome). I would recommend you t o go ahead with a gastroenterologist consultation and get a colonoscopy done to directly visualize for changes in the gut mucosa
Doctor :   once the changes are identified, then treatment can be started for it
Doctor :   to relieve your symptoms
User :   I also have mucous in my throat and lungs
User :   clearing throat alot could the mucuous be related
Doctor :   ok. that coul dbe due to irritation of esophageal mucosa due to gastric acid
Doctor :   do you have GERD? or reflux?
User :   no
Doctor :   is there burning sensation in chest present?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok. have you tried with medications or diet changes to relieve the symptoms?
User :   like my mucous is in my throat instead of
User :   tried no wheat
User :   no diary
User :   doesn't help
Doctor :   ok. have you tried with whole grain foods, lot of fresh fruits and vegetables?
Doctor :   these will help with fibre content, and help in smooth passing of stools
User :   I eat organic and do high fiber veggies
Doctor :   for the burping and gas try with OTC medications like Prilosec two times a day before food
Doctor :   continue with the diet changes and take this medicine for a week
User :   okay
Doctor :   look for any improvement in your condition
User :   okay
User :   thank you
Doctor :   if you do not see any improvement within a week, then a gastroenterologist consultation along with a colonoscopy is recommended
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   is that expensive?
User :   yes
Doctor :   it will be more than the usual investigations and consultations
Doctor :   and will vary from country to country
User :   okay
User :   thanks you
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
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