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Signs and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

August 13, 2019


Greetings! Thanks for coming back to check out the series
on IBS. We’re going to talk about the signs and symptoms
of IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The most common sign I would see in a patient
or when a patient presents with a symptom will be abdominal pain or cramping. That can occur anywhere in the lower abdominal
region. Don’t get confused with the pain of diverticulitis
and IBS. Diverticulitis in my opinion occurs a little
bit more on the left side here. So, if the bowel runs across like this and
comes down and goes out like that, we’re looking at an area or spot right around here. So, if you’ve got a pain in one particular
part of the gut, and it’s just a very low grade dull kind of a pain, particularly if
you’re in your 50s or 60s like me, it can also be a diverticulitis kind of pain. This pain can come and go. This pain is particularly prevalent in people
who tend to hurry up with their bowel motions. They force their bowel motions. They could have a little bit of stress. Sympathetic dominance. Bit of a dry bowel. Not consuming enough water. Especially common to find diverticulitis in
people who drink a lot of coffee or a lot of alcohol. People who have a dehydrated bowel. I find it very common in thyroid patients
who tend to be very quick and irritated kind of people. The pain with IBS is a different kind of pain. It’s accompanied often by irregular stools. Constipation, diarrhea, cramping in the gut
recurring. If you’ve had it for over three months on
a very regular basis, it’s considered to be IBS. It’s important if you’ve got any of these
signs and symptoms that you talk to a healthcare professional about it, particularly if you’ve
got things like rectal bleeding or bad hemorrhoids, or a lot of mucus in the stool, if you’ve
got weight loss associated with it or if the pain wakes you up at night, then you need
to see a GP urgently or talk to somebody like me about it so you can get properly assessed. I believe I’m a responsible naturopath because
I work very much with gastroenterologists and medical doctors. I really believe that it’s important to get
the bowel assessed professionally, especially if a stool test is going to pick up high levels
of inflammation, and there’s a bit of bleeding, you’ve got a low iron count, you’ve got weight
loss, weakness, you definitely need checking out. Prevention is definitely a smart idea when
it comes to digestive problems. Remember in a previous video we said there
were three kinds of IBS. IBSD: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diarrhea, IBSC:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation, or mixed, where you can have them both. It’s not uncommon to see mixed patients in
the clinic who for a few days will have a normal functioning bowel, then for one or
two days it’ll be quite loose. Or they could pass out sheep pellets. Then they may skip a day. I’ll never forget when a patient came to see
me a long time ago, maybe 20 years ago and I asked her how often she was passing a motion. She said, “About once every 14 days.” I said, “Well, what did your GP say about
that?” “He said it was quite okay if that was my
pattern, that’s normal to have a bowel motion every two weeks and that was okay for me.” My immediate reply was, “Well, how often do
you put your garbage can out? Once every three months?” “No, every week.” I said, “Well, imagine all the crap built
up in your gut. What happens to it all? How much are you eating? Where’s it all going?” That made her quite horrified. That patient went straight off to a colon
therapist. Sometimes these patients (hope you’re not
watching this video as you’re eating your breakfast, if so, turn it off). Sometimes these kind of patients will pass
out a stool that’s two-foot long. Literally 24 inches of bowel motion will come
out when they get a colonic and we clean them out. It’s incredible how many people are constipated. It really is. Particularly with my American clients. I would say about 50 percent of people I see
in my online clinic, through Skype, have actually got quite major constipation. They’ll have a motion every two or three days. That’s not unusual for a lot of people. That tells me a few things: They’re not walking
enough, they’re not drinking enough, there’s too much coffee, tea and alcohol, they’ve
got the wrong food choices, and there’s a high element of stress there as well. Those are quite apparent when we talk about
these kind of issues with our clients. Let’s go back to signs and symptoms. Constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramping. Some people have spasms or shooting or darting
pains up their rectum or in the gut. Pattern that will go on for three months. Sometimes these problems can go on for years. Get it assessed, get it checked out. If in doubt, get a comprehensive stool test
done. Stay tuned, we’ve got a few more videos coming
yet up on IBS. Tests and diagnosis for IBS. If you haven’t got my free Candida report,
please click on the link down below. See you in the next video.

15 Comments

  • Reply Mezzy Moon January 29, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    You are very wise! Thank you so much! Your wonderful. Blessings

  • Reply Krystal Ruelas February 24, 2017 at 2:56 am

    My daughter has been having pain in her lower right side for 4 months now …we have seen a pediatric GI and also she has been in and out of the ER because of how much pain she has had..the amount of pain comes and goes some days she is ok and then other days she is in so much pain she can't even breathe …she is 14 years old she has no previous health issues..she had had a cat scan and ultrasound and she's also had a upper endoscopy and lower endoscopy and has done the pill capsule …They have found nothing…she has extreme pain in her lower right side along with nausea and vomiting …just recently she has blood in her stool…I have done everything to figure out what's wrong along with countless blood test and they find nothing everytime ….please help any way you can and let me know what you think it might be…Also they did find a 1.5 cm cyst on her right ovary but they said that's common in woman and would go away on its own and couldn't be the source of her pain if she's in that much pain and also she throws up every other day and it seems to happen right after she eats….any answer at this point might be helpful ….Thank you for your help!!

  • Reply Amartya SENsei March 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    thyroid patients have a high incidence of suffering from diverticulitis or IBS? sorry I didn't get that — also, I find your videos very interesting & narrated in a very relatable and sometimes even funny manner, thanks for the content!

  • Reply mockerofscoffers March 19, 2017 at 6:02 am

    what about when i poop and after my intestines feel funny, and i need to keep going to do a bough movement the rest of the day. I 'm scared to poop as it all starts from the first poop of the day…:(

  • Reply PRIVATE EYE April 17, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Well done on this one.

  • Reply MusicIsLife July 1, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Today I went to the doctor thinking my appendix were going to explode they took blood work aultrasounds and they said everything looked normal just a bladder. Infection and might b IBS I was crampy I was full of gas & my stomach hurt all over I also have an underactive thyroid

  • Reply Norma Jean Monroe July 11, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Got terrible pain in my bowel my pain is terrible

  • Reply Tugboat September 17, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Good video helpful. I have had lower left pain and Diarea for 4 years. Have had every test all good. But now have a high calprotectin so another colonoscopy coming. Diverticulitis cause inflammatory? Iam worried now cheers

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm

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  • Reply Kane Feather December 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    im 13 , 2 days ago i woke up with a hurting stomach , it has been hurting all day that day i brushed it off and went to bed that night , when i woke up 5 minutes ago it hurts like it did yesterday , it hurts like in mid belly

  • Reply TheWeardale1 January 14, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    I've had IBS off and on for 10 years…also get a pain on my right side of my gut too 🙁 plus the usual symptoms… but go to the toilet most days, but sometimes miss a day or two…

  • Reply Kirk V February 9, 2018 at 12:44 am

    I have chronic gas, lots of gas. I go between pebble like stools to stools that are soft and streaky, lots of wiping. Bloated on the right side under the ribs. Also my gas and stools are tan and some times float and smell very sulfur like.

  • Reply Margarita Lopez May 11, 2018 at 12:50 am

    What is the "normal" amount of times to go to the bathroom in 1 day?

  • Reply Margarita Lopez May 11, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I use the bathroom AT LEAST 6-7 X per day! Minimum! Lots of diarrhea on a regular basis. Plus i get mucus in my stool. I've had this issue for at least 2 years. Its gott en alot worse lately. Ive seen a Gastro doc and have submitted bloodwork and i have a sonogram scheduled plus i have to give a stool sample. I have gallbladder problems (stones) and the doc suspects its relates to the gallbladder ut to me, all signs point to IBS…. i will soon find out what this isaue is.

  • Reply Susan Brechbiel April 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Where can I get tested for SIBO n IBS to get help w/ this? Any help would be greatly appreciated. It’s been years, dr.’s around here don’t know how to treat for this! Thank u!

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