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Can Going Gluten-Free Cure IBS?

By    |   Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 04:53 PM

Question: I have irritable bowel syndrome, which causes me frequent stomach pain. Would going gluten free or taking probiotics help me?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

An irritable bowel makes for an unhappy patient. But stomach discomfort is not always due to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is very common and refers to pain from bowel spasms or hyper-reactivity.
 
Bowel pain can also occur from distension, infection, and lack of function.
  
It would be wise for you to consult your family physician for deciding how best to address and label your pain.
 
Some patients without true gluten intolerance may have improvement in bowel irritability when they go gluten free, so this is worth a try for three to four weeks.
 
If you don’t also have diarrhea, probiotics are probably not going to improve a long-term irritable bowel problem.
 
But if you have had a colonoscopy and it revealed that you have no lesions or inflammation, a trial of probiotics for three to four weeks may be tried in combination with a high-fiber diet and some anti-spasm medication from your doctor.
 
Be sure there is no structural disease or infection by visiting your doctor first. A change in bowel habits is a very important sign of trouble, and may even be a symptom of cancer.

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An irritable bowel makes for an unhappy patient. But stomach discomfort is not always due to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is very common and refers to pain from bowel spasms or hyper-reactivity.
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