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Precautionary measures for IBS - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: IBS(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
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Doctor :   hi xxxxx
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   hi
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   i suffered from grastic attack in 2005 summer, since then i have been suffering from IBS. There are growling sounds in the stomach when i am there any remedy ?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   COuld you pls answer a few questions so that'
Doctor :   I can understand your problem better
User :   yeah sure go ahead
Doctor :   Do you frequent episodes of loose motions/ constipation
Doctor :   or alternate loosemotions/ constipation?
User :   loose motions at times
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Do you get stomach pains at any time?
User :   no
Doctor :   How often do you get the loosemotions?
User :   only at times , on account of higher comsumption of alcohol or outside food
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Have you been examined by a gastroenterologist- who made this diagnosis after ivestigation?
User :   had both endoscopy and colonoscopy and was confirmed as IBS
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   IBS or irritable bowel syndrome is a phrase used to describe cases where the intestines are
Doctor :   more sensitive than normal
User :   what are the long term effects?
Doctor :   In these cases certain things like junk foods, high fat content foods, alcohol
Doctor :   cause problems
User :   as such i dont have much problem but the stomach growling bothers me .
Doctor :   in the long term people with IBS have a higher risk of developing
Doctor :   colon cancer { cancer of the large intestine] than a normal person
Doctor :   For your stomach growling try to eat regular melas
Doctor :   carry fruits/ salads with you
Doctor :   eat these between meals instead of other snacks
User :   does smoking have any repurcusions
Doctor :   this will help in digestion and improve the well being of your GIT
Doctor :   Smoking is bad
Doctor :   As it increases the risk of cancer
User :   colon cancer too, in this case
Doctor :   How old are you and what work do you do?
Doctor :   not directly related to colon cancer- but indirectly it can affect your immunity and general health
User :   28
Doctor :   thereby increasing your risk
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   one simple important thing to do is
Doctor :   to make sure you drink plenty of water 2 ltrs per day
Doctor :   make this a practice
Doctor :   and eat a high fibre diet
Doctor :   with plenty of fruits and veggies
User :   that i do , but is it quite a concern? i mean IBS
Doctor :   you have to be more careful
Doctor :   than a normal person
User :   i gather that IBS is quite common
Doctor :   It is best that you keep getting yourself checked up at regular
Doctor :   intervals
Doctor :   as far as possible
Doctor :   avoid high fat and junk foods
User :   what check ups?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   I have IBS too :)
Doctor :   i try my best to follow the advice i gave you
Doctor :   regular gastro enterology check ups
Doctor :   with/without colonoscopy
User :   all the best , yeah i will try to follow the advices myself too
Doctor :   usually a reapeat colonoscopy in 5 years time
Doctor :   thank you
User :   thanks doctor,
User :   bye
Doctor :   try to limit alcohol/ ciggarettes
Doctor :   welcome
Doctor :   bye have a nice day
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