That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could help you..
I have had an auto-immune disease (Bullous Pedeforma for about 10 years. I take.
And cyclosporin to suppress my immune system to manage the blistering. It seems to me that I constantly have some type of inflammation in my digestive system. I also have Diabetes type II. One of my many Doctors decided I have gastric paresis. The others disagree. I see several specialist but there just does not seem to be a cohesive approach to managing my IBS.
I would like to have a Doctor that would take an holistic view. What type of Doctor would you recommend, if any...
My son has IBS symptomology. I blame it on the fact he had a 4-5 inch meckles diverticulosis that was open and attacked to the abdomen by a meckles band..
Corrected at the time an immediate life threatening situation when he was 4. But before then he had lots of diahreah and since the.
He has mixed symptoms and never has normal bowel behaviour. They tried to do a barium swallow on him and such but it only showed so much. He also threw up during part of the test when those fizzy things you swallow were given and the test then stopped..
Also in my family my brother was born with the faulty valve at the throat. My mom used to joke he could throw up on a dime. He used to have a little control over it because she said he would do it sometimes on purpose. I have the valve problem as well but it's at the stomach and shows it washes back up. I noticed my IBS symptoms though probably around the time I got over either amoebic dystentry with bleeding ulcers. I had worked in a building dealing with tourists and picked it up off of them.
I did get better and recover from it obviously but since that time I had issues. The issues worsened a bit over time and then became pretty much stable after my son was born(difficult pregnancy and delivery). That is around the time my FMS also was diagnosed. So I have to wonder if some of it is interlinked or overlapping things just irritating eachother..
So for me I believe in some genetic issues contributing but also some health events in life also being contributing or triggering factors...
I heard stress could be a major factor also. In my case that would really make sense...
Yes I left this out because this is highly debated as many believe the stress/anxiety/depression may be SECONDARY to living with a chronic disease (IBS) rather than the cause..
BUT many believe there is a Neurologic component in that the brain can heighten or diminish the pain originating in the gut (or anywhere else) AND that psychological factors (stress, anxiety, depression) amplify pain sensations..
This may explain why patients with IBS are more likely than others to be anxious or depressed...the relationship between IBS and psych factors is complex.....
Premature Birth? No one else... in my whole family has this.. so it's the only thing!..
Pretty much all of the doctors i've spoken with have said that although there is no real plausable explanation for IBS to occur, there are, perhaps contributing factors. One perspective I have recently gotten from a therapist of mine is that when I supress my grief/stress/depression anxiety etc, I am actually pushing it into my gut. Which is really how it feels, And there is strong evidince which shows that ALL of your internal organs react to how you are feeling, even though at times you may not notice it. So I would say a combination of weakening the digestive tract via infections and the like and emotional excess can most certainly be the cause of something like IBS...
What about stress? I've always heard that can set it off, would that possibly fall under genetic basis? I also have anxiety & panic disorder, and get bad cycles of IBS-D & panic together. Sometimes it happens when I get stressed out, sometimes it hits out of the blue. It's frustrating because the two feed into each other, it's almost like trying to figure out which came first, the chicken or the egg!..