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Dietary and lifestyle changes for IBS - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
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User :   i wake up with gas and bloating in the morning. like a hour later or so i get these urges to use the bathroom but nothing but gas and mucus come out. when i go to sleep my guts make these popping noises
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   May i know your age and gender?
User :   male 29
Doctor :   Since when are you having this symptom?
User :   2 weeks now
Doctor :   Do you have abdominal pain?
Doctor :   Increase in the frequency of passing stools?
User :   just when i go to sleep and when i wake up but when i release these gas it goes away
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
Doctor :   Do you have constipation?
User :   yes i been having stommach problems before i lost a lot of weight
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness?
Doctor :   Such as diabetes/hypertension?
User :   not that i know of
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor in the past for these complaints?
User :   i still smoke but i stop drinking
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor in the past for these complaints?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Are you on any treatment and have they helped you?
User :   he said somthing about ibs
User :   but no he give so pills but didnt work
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   but i never had these gas thing before
Doctor :   Yes, Your symptoms are similar to Irritable bowel syndrome.
Doctor :   This is not a medical disease.
Doctor :   Its just a condition where the motility of the bowel is increased.
Doctor :   There is also a component of indigestion that may be adding to your symptoms.
Doctor :   Since your main concern is passing excessive flatus, you need to concentrate on treating the indigestion.
Doctor :   This can be done by the modifying the diet you take.
Doctor :   Avoid food such as pulses, refined cereals, hot and spicy diets.
Doctor :   And chewing the food is equally necessary.
Doctor :   You can also include syp gelusil 2tsp twice or thrice a day before meals to aid in digestion.
Doctor :   If they are not helping you, then there are special syrups which contain digestive enzymes such as aristozyme syrups which also can be used, if the dietary modifications and gelusil syrups do not help you.
Doctor :   Aristozyme syrup has to be taken once or twice a day 1 tsp.
Doctor :   Apart from these few measures, restricting smoking, proper stress management, good sleep, physical exercises, yoga and meditation also help in treating the symptoms of IBS.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes how long will it take
Doctor :   Since this is a chronic condition, a complete cure is still yet to be found.
Doctor :   However with these modifications alone, that is dietary and lifestyle modifications, you can control your symptoms.
Doctor :   And lead a normal life.
User :   any over counter meds
Doctor :   Syrup gelusil is over the counter medication
Doctor :   Hi
User :   will that help soon
Doctor :   With these modifications, your symptoms should improve soon.
Doctor :   But you would need to stick to the dietary and lifestlye changes that I mentioned.
User :   when i use the bathroom and i got these pain in my right side i have to pee alot
Doctor :   Since when are you having this pain?
Doctor :   Do you mean pain while passing urine or passing stool?
User :   when i pass stool and i get up and later when im passing urine and go alot its like water
Doctor :   Do you have pain while passing urine?
User :   well i get these pain on the side i have to urine alot it come and goes
Doctor :   Do you have increased frequency of passing urine?
User :   no i just have to go bad but its usually when i go to stool
User :   after i finish my stool
Doctor :   Since when are you having this symptom?
User :   since these stomach prolems
Doctor :   You mean since the two weeks or more than that?
User :   well these gas thing is 2weeks but this ibs is like 2years so like 1 year now
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Increased urination with pain can be sign of infection.
Doctor :   Most often this do not need any treatment except if the symptoms are persisting and if you develop other symptoms such as fever, blood in the urine and so on.
Doctor :   The only measure that you need to follow is drink plenty of water.
Doctor :   If the symptoms are persisting inspite of this, then you would need to see an urologist for evaluation.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   ok but what can i do when i go to sleep cause its when my guts smart making that noise and when i wake up i get that so i think somethings happpening when i go to sleep
Doctor :   As I mentioned to you, these symptoms can only be prevented.
Doctor :   There are no medications to treat the condition.
Doctor :   With those measures suggested with or without the use of the digestive enzyme syrups will help in preventing these symptoms.
User :   what about the mucus in my mucus in my stool i havnt had a soild stool in like 3weeks
Doctor :   They will improve over a period of time with the measures.
User :   iv been taking imodium alot for these problems it was working but not no more
Doctor :   You need to understand that this condition and its symptoms can only be prevented.
Doctor :   Imodium will be helpful only if you have diarrhea.
Doctor :   They are not effective in treating the symptoms of IBS
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   i know about ibs cant treat so about the gas and bloating can i use some type of gas thing like gas-x or something like that
Doctor :   You can use these syrups if they are helping you.
Doctor :   But since the excessive gas formation is due to indigestion which is a part of IBS too, those measures which I suggested are useful, if you want to prevent these symptoms.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes i will try these thing
Doctor :   Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
User :   what kind of doctor should i see for these problems
Doctor :   You need a gastroenterologist for IBS and urologist for your urine problem\.
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