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I find it amazing that IBS isn't classified as a disease. I mean alcoholism is called a disease for heavens sake, yet this problem that cause D, C, bladder trouble , nausea , aches and a lot of pain.. I could go on and on.. seems to be looked at as though it is something imaginary. GO Figure !!
 

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Maybe because there is nothing "functionally" wrong with a person who suffers from IBS, as opposed to an alcoholic who can no longer drink because his liver is deteriorating... Who knows
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Maybe because there is nothing "functionally" wrong with a person who suffers from IBS, as opposed to an alcoholic who can no longer drink because his liver is deteriorating... Who knows
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From http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:yiHxk...sorder%22&hl=en
quote:DISEASE VS DISORDER�Disease may be defined as a change in structure or function within the body, which is considered to be abnormal. Disorder is defined as a derangement or abnormality of function.
Alcoholism as a disease is more of a political type of thing than a scientific definition, you could just as easily call it a disorder.IBS is FUNCTIONAL. There is no organic DISEASE process (inflamation, parasite, etc, etc,).ALL FUNCTIONAL problems are DISORDERS kinda by definition.DISORDER vs DISEASE shouldn't indicate to anyone that suffering does not occur in both.K.
 

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From http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:yiHxk...sorder%22&hl=en
quote:DISEASE VS DISORDER�Disease may be defined as a change in structure or function within the body, which is considered to be abnormal. Disorder is defined as a derangement or abnormality of function.
Alcoholism as a disease is more of a political type of thing than a scientific definition, you could just as easily call it a disorder.IBS is FUNCTIONAL. There is no organic DISEASE process (inflamation, parasite, etc, etc,).ALL FUNCTIONAL problems are DISORDERS kinda by definition.DISORDER vs DISEASE shouldn't indicate to anyone that suffering does not occur in both.K.
 

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Most Syndromes end up as diseases or multiple diseases once science finds the underlying physical causal basis for the symptoms. This can take a long time, and during the "syndrome phase" the symptoms are often considered, usually erroneously in retrospect, as "functional". This is sort of like the lost keys. They exist, and are not really lost, they just have not been found yet. So ditto for IBS. As more and more "causal" bases for the symptom sets are revealed, over time the population which inhabits the "IBS Symptom Based Diagnosis" population will dwindle. It is sort of like what happened with COPD before the whole distinc etiologies of chtronic bromchitis, pan and centra-aciner emphysema, and reversible airways obstruction (asthma) were wholly understood. Or IRDS of the neonate which was idiopathic only becasue we lackd the technology to isolate the cause. So when the cause is isolated its not idiopathic anymore. End of mystery. For "IBS" not yet, but getting closer all the time.MNL
 

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Most Syndromes end up as diseases or multiple diseases once science finds the underlying physical causal basis for the symptoms. This can take a long time, and during the "syndrome phase" the symptoms are often considered, usually erroneously in retrospect, as "functional". This is sort of like the lost keys. They exist, and are not really lost, they just have not been found yet. So ditto for IBS. As more and more "causal" bases for the symptom sets are revealed, over time the population which inhabits the "IBS Symptom Based Diagnosis" population will dwindle. It is sort of like what happened with COPD before the whole distinc etiologies of chtronic bromchitis, pan and centra-aciner emphysema, and reversible airways obstruction (asthma) were wholly understood. Or IRDS of the neonate which was idiopathic only becasue we lackd the technology to isolate the cause. So when the cause is isolated its not idiopathic anymore. End of mystery. For "IBS" not yet, but getting closer all the time.MNL
 
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