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Nuances in treating irritable bowel syndrome

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By CL Frissora • • July 12, 2007

Journal: Reviews in Gastroenterological Disorders. 2007 Spring;7(2):89-96.

Author and affiliation: Frissora CL. Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, The Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA. [E-mail: ]

PMID: 17597676

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a difficult disease to treat because of its ill-defined triggers, variable clinical course, and unpredictable myriad of symptoms of varying severity. Both doctors and patients are frustrated by the insidious nature of IBS - a non-lethal disorder that destroys lives, relationships, and careers. Traditional therapies are sometimes effective in mild disease but are often self-limiting because they focus primarily on individual symptoms.

A combination of lifestyle and diet modifications, pharmacologic agents, and therapeutic interventions is usually necessary to address the multiple symptoms characteristic of IBS. One of the major advancements in the treatment of patients with IBS has been the development of US Food and Drug Administration-approved serotonergic therapeutics that specifically target the underlying causes of IBS and provide multisymptom relief by improving gastrointestinal function.

Although they are controversial, alternative treatment approaches that target normalization of intestinal bacterial microflora may be helpful for some patients in whom intestinal bacterial overgrowth is present. Patients who have co-existing pelvic floor dysfunction may benefit from physical therapy.

Overall, treatment approaches for IBS should address multisymptom relief and improvement of overall patient well-being.

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Posted by: missgrace
Aug 16, 2007
While I appreciate the vast knowledge that the medical field has done in response to the millions of those HIT with this illness..and hope that someday the treatment will provide a cure rather than more DRUGS..I have my 2 cents to say regarding the IBS..SYNDROME.. BEE PROPOLIS..TRY IT..NOTHING BUT NOTHING WORKED FOR ME..BUT THIS DID.. light of all the experiments and documents and blah blah blah...NONE OF THE PARTICULAR DRUGS WORKED for ME.... BEE PROPOLIS WORKED!!!. TRUTH WILL DESTROY ILLUSIONS AND QUITE POSSIBLY TRUTH WILL DESTROY THIS ILLNESS..IT might put many out of business..BUT THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE ORGANIC RESEARCH..!
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