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Ibs Or Gastroparesis


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I have a lot of stomach problems, and have wondered for a long time, what is the difference between irritable bowel syndrome-constipation and gastroparesis?

I have been diagnosed with ibs-c but sometimes I wonder if it is gastroparesis although I don't know the difference


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Irritable bowel syndrome is a collection of symptoms relating to the bowel (the small intestine and colon mainly). No-one knows what causes IBS but the digestive system appears to be over-sensitive to eating and changes in diet. Symptoms include bloating, excess gas, cramping tummy pains, diarrhoea and constipation (often switching from one to the other).

Gastroparesis is a condition where the nerves that control the muscle action of the stomach (to churn the food and open/close the sphincter at the bottom of the stomach) don't work. It is a bit like paralysis of the stomach. It means that food sits in the stomach much longer than normal and causes intense nausea, reflux, vomiting and loss of appetite.

There are tests for gastroparesis, the usual one being a gastric emptying study where you eat a radioactive meal and then they take pictures to show where the food is in the GI tract and how long it stays in the stomach for.

IBS is diagnosed by a doctor based on the history of your symptoms, there isn't a specific test for it.

Sunfish may be able to explain better.


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as flop foreshadowed, i have lots to add (what a surprise!), but it'll have to wait until at least tomorrow. feel free to bug me if i forget to come back & add my ramblings.

<_< melissa

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