Hi Erin, thanks for your reply. I've not been here that long so I must have missed the last posting on MVP. Anyway, I do believe that my IBS and MVPS tie in together. If you don't believe that yours does, then that's great, one less thing to worry about hey? Anyway, if anyone is interested, this is something that I just stumbled upon: Title DG DISPATCH-GASTRO 99: RESEARCH LINKS IRRITABLE BOWEL AND MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE--- URL: http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/128D46.htm
South American doctors have suggested that IBS might be related to MVP, a condition in which the valve between the left atrium and ventricle either malfunctions, or is weakened and blood does not circulate through the heart in the way it should. Dr. Alejandro Navarro, a resident in gasteroenterlolgy in the department of gastroenterology and cardiology at the Chilean Air force National Hospital in Valparaiso, explained that IBS and MVP can both be caused by disfunctions in the autonomic nervous system. "We're not saying there is a cause and effect, but in this case, IBS and MVP are both caused by something in the nervous system, so we wanted to see if there was a connection with IBS in the same way there was with these other conditions, for example,"Dr. Navarro said. "WE think that both of these conditions are malfunctions of autonomic nerve signalling." 25 consecutive patients, all female, mean age 38 with IBS, were recruited to determine if there was a pattern between their IBS and any possible cardiac abnormalities. Dr. Navarro said MVP was confirmed in 76 percent of the women. Eighty percent also had Scoliosis. "There is a phenotype--A person who might have IBS and they might also have MVP. But you might have other people who have migraines and MVP, or scoliosis and MVP. The two don't always go together." "We know that IBS is not one single disease--that it's many diseases and this is one component of the disease, in one group of people.------------------- I've always thought that MY MVP and IBS were somehow linked together. That's just my personal opinion.
runnL8 SORRY THIS IS POSTED TWICE, MUSTA HIT THE WRONG BUTTON!
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