I agree with those people. IBS is just a collection of symptoms. IBS is not a disease. When you go to the doctor and the doctor has no clue about what causes those symptoms, the doctor tells you that those symptoms have a label called IBS.quote:Many people tell me that IBS is something a Dr diagnosis you with when they have NO clue whats wrong with you.
Every disease is a syndrome, after all.Nowhere does it ever say Syndrome = not real and Disese = real *shrug*Doesn't change that people suffer and need treatment. Doctors that think IBS is no big deal and all imaginary anyway need to be fired.quote:synÂ·drome (siË˜n'droÂ¯m') n.1. A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, psychological disorder, or other abnormal condition.2. a. A complex of symptoms indicating the existence of an undesirable condition or quality.b. A distinctive or characteristic pattern of behavior: the syndrome of conspicuous consumption in wealthy suburbs.disÂ·ease (diË˜-zeÂ¯z') n.1. A pathological condition of a part, organ, or system of an organism resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms.2. A condition or tendency, as of society, regarded as abnormal and harmful.3. Obsolete. Lack of ease; trouble.
Truth is, no one knows for sure what is the cause or what are the causes of the symptoms labeled IBS. There are several hypothesis (ex: colonic dysbiosis, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis disfucntion) and, at the end of the day, they may all explain a certain percentage of cases. This does not mean in any way shape or form that the symptoms labeled IBS are not real. After all, having diarrhea 3 times a day is quite objective.quote:Wow even on the IBS board you have one for and one against. This isn't encouraging.
Inflammation? Does Pepto-Bismol work?When you were diagnosed with fibromyalgia, did your doctor check your cortisol levels? People with fibro tend to have low cortisol levels and low cortisol levels result in increased immune system activity, aka, inflammation.quote:Except for this pain that Ive had for 5 weeks, my stool is pretty normal.