DDW: No Magic Cures for IBS

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   Posted 6/26/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   

DDW: No Magic Cures for IBS


NEW ORLEANS -- The heterogeneous nature of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) continues to pose challenges for clinicians and patients in choosing the best treatment, said a prominent researcher here.

In this exclusive InFocus™ report, Brennan Spiegel, MD, of the University of California Los Angeles, talked with MedPage Today senior editor John Gever about the advances reported here at Digestive Disease Week in understanding and treating IBS.

Although promising results were presented for several new treatment approaches, each is likely to benefit only a minority of patients, Spiegel said.

Clinicians still must pay close attention to individual patients' specific symptoms while remembering that pain and discomfort are the key to all disorders within the functional bowel disease family.



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I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

Joan M
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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
tell me about it, lol

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   Posted 7/1/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
How about we take the bullet highpoints of that article, print them on a business sized card, laminate it and then keep it in our wallets.

That way when someone new says to us - surely there's a medication for "thaaaaaaaat", you can whip out this card.


Joan - yeah don't we all know it.

I feel like a human puzzle - managing my symptoms effectively works best if all the puzzle pieces are in place (diet, meds such as stool softener and probiotic, small/light meals, exercise, keeping a quiet, low stress lifestyle). But if one is missing, look out. I'm a mess.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily

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