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Thanks for fielding the question Eric.The theory is that the infection, or more likely the immune system's response to the infection, mucks up the nervous system in the gut. It has been shown experimentally that inflaming the colon damages nerves in the gut wall. The authors of the study looked at this as a way to explain IBS, and also to explain symptoms in patients with Inflamatory Bowel Diseases that persist even when the inflamation is in remission.There is always some "friendly fire" when the immune system goes after an invader. That is why, for example, you may feel really weak for the week or two after you get over the flu. The virus got killed, but you also have to recover from the battle that killed it.K.
 

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Thanks for fielding the question Eric.The theory is that the infection, or more likely the immune system's response to the infection, mucks up the nervous system in the gut. It has been shown experimentally that inflaming the colon damages nerves in the gut wall. The authors of the study looked at this as a way to explain IBS, and also to explain symptoms in patients with Inflamatory Bowel Diseases that persist even when the inflamation is in remission.There is always some "friendly fire" when the immune system goes after an invader. That is why, for example, you may feel really weak for the week or two after you get over the flu. The virus got killed, but you also have to recover from the battle that killed it.K.
 
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