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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Testing for Celiac Disease

When it comes to diagnosing celiac disease, the process of diagnosis has to include both the history from the sufferer, the lab tests including checking the TTG or tissue transglutaminase antibody and EMA or anti-endomysial antibody, plus the small bowel biopsy to look for subtotal villous atrophy. The main reason for false negative results are either due to immunoglobulin deficiency (seen in 3% of celiacs) giving a false negative EMA or due to being on a GFD or gluten free diet prior to the tests. This always needs to be considered if the results come back negative. Peter http://www.ibs-hel p-online.com  (Oct 19, 2011 | post #3)

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7 Common Myths About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I often see patientÂ’s referred to me with IBS symptoms. However, sometimes the symptoms are due to other conditions such as coeliac disease, lactose intolerance and inflammatory bowel disease. I would always advise having your symptoms checked, regardless of what they are or any preconceived ideas. Peter http://www.ibs-hel p-online.com  (Oct 19, 2011 | post #12)

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Does Stress Cause IBD?

I don't believe stress causes IBD or IBS. If this was the case, withdrawing the stressful event should improve symptoms. My patients often ask me this question, but what is stress? It is lots of things to lots of people. Stress and anxiety are interlinked and certainly the later can make bowel symptoms worse. Most of us have been in that situation with exams, starting a new job maybe or other "stressful " situations. IBD and IBS are complex conditions. They are both, in my opinion, multisystem conditions affecting much more than just your bowel movements. There are lots of hypotheses as to the cause, but they are likely to be multifactorial. Peter www.ibs-help-onlin e  (Oct 19, 2011 | post #4)

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Alternative, Natural Relief for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I have always thought that aloe vera as a helpful natural treatment in bowel disease. A lot of my patients have always subjectively felt that this was helpful, although when you look, the scientific evidence is sketchy. A recent study, http://goo.gl/LNFl 1, found little benefit, but like most of these studies the numbers involved in the trials are small. Dr Peter Thatcher www.ibs-help-onlin e  (Oct 19, 2011 | post #4)

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