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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
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User :   Hello Doc, my wife is suffering form suspected IBS for the last few months. She has shifted between allopathy/ayurvedic to no avail. Can you suggest a treatment for recovery ?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Do you mean Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
User :   yes that is what it is digonised as
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   I would want to put up a few facts before I explain the treatment options to you.
User :   she is actually suffering from a single loose mothin in the morning every day/ weightloss/hairloss
User :   yes please
Doctor :   1. Irritabable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic conditions and most chronic conditions are preventable only conditions and not completely curable.
Doctor :   2. This is not a concerning problem, in the sense they do not cause any complications.
User :   is there a remedy to prevent this condition
Doctor :   I am a general physician, and my knowledge on Ayurveda is restricted,
User :   how do I confirm that it is IBS only?
Doctor :   Yes, there are measures that can be adopted to prevent / control the symptoms.
User :   can u suggest afew?
Doctor :   IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, in the sense when all other cause is ruled out.
Doctor :   I would like to know if your wife has undergone thyroid function test?
User :   no
User :   we had blood and stoll infection tests done .results are nil
Doctor :   May I know the details of your wife's(patients) height and weight?
User :   colonoscopy also did not give out any infections
Doctor :   Does she have regular periods?
User :   she is 5' 1 inch and has a current weight of 44 kgs has come down form 51 in almost 12 mths
User :   absolutely regular periods
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
User :   yes please
Doctor :   Few medical condtions such as thyroid hormone disturbances, blood sugars and ovarian hormones, drugs can induce such gut disturbances,
Doctor :   they also need to be ruled out, before considering IBS as the diagnosis.
User :   ok
User :   so what course of action do u suggest?
Doctor :   Based on the details that you mentioned, there are possibilities that she may have thyroid hormone disturbances.
Doctor :   Get a TSH levels checked,
User :   ok
Doctor :   if they are normal, then it rules out thyroid hormone dysfunctions.
User :   whom should I approach for this?
Doctor :   Alternatively, you can get the whole Thyroid function test done,
Doctor :   You can consult an endocrinologist, if the values are abnormal.
User :   ok
User :   if Hormonal dysfunction is ruled out?
Doctor :   Can you confirm your phone number, so that I can discuss the issues on phone, if that is ok.
User :   do u need to talk to my wife, in that case ,please give me your number
Doctor :   No, I shall speak to you right away.
User :   ok
User :   I will wait for your call
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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