What the heck is SIBO and why is it ruining my life?! SIBO stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. The reason why you should care is that bacterial overgrowth symptoms are virtually identical to IBS symptoms. Some people even list it as a cause of IBS. What is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? Usually the small intestine (also called the small bowel) has a fairly low level of bacter... »
What Causes IBS?
Find out how the giardia parasite (Giardiasis) might cause you permanent damage! Giardia diarrhea is caused by a parasite called giardia intestinalis, or giardia lamblia. Recent studies show that people who get a giardia infection can later develop chronic bowel symptoms, such as diarrhea, constipation, cramps, etc. Sound familiar? I wrote on another page about how certain kinds of infections can... »
First you get sick, then you get IBS… Many researchers have studied post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome as one of the main ways of getting IBS. One theory is that having an intense infection causing diarrhea, can damage the bowel or the nerves of the bowel. One trouble is that it’s hard to remember if you were sick with diarrhea (also known as gastroenteritis) before developing IB... »
Are your bowels oversensitive? For the last few years there has been a lot of discussion about yet another possible cause of IBS symptoms. It’s called visceral hypersensitivity or visceral hypersensitivity syndrome, and it’s part of something called “functional gastrointestinal disorders.” Whew! I try to keep things readable around here, but it looks like I’ll be sli... »
There’s more than one way to pass gas. I was reading some medical studies about trapped gas in the intestines cause IBS symptoms (oh, the things I do with my spare time). Apparently many symptoms of IBS are caused by trapped intestinal gas. Several studies conclude that people with IBS don’t pass gas the way other people do (Seriously? Is there more than one way?). People who don’... »
Leaky gut syndrome could be the reason so many people are so sick these days; but it is not something you’re doctor is likely to tell you about. It’s one of those new “fake diseases” that will take a while to become “real.” It may be one of the most important pieces of the IBS puzzle. What is leaky gut syndrome? Your intestinal tract is supposed to allow ... »
The Puzzle So Far… Irritable bowel syndrome is the name for a group of symptoms, not a disease. It’s not like the flu. The flu has one cause, the influenza virus. IBS doesn’t seem to be like that, in fact there may be many causes of irritable bowel syndrome. That’s why it’s so hard to nail down. At this point, no one has found one specific cause of IBS. But thanks to ... »