Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are many other complications that people with celiac disease will suffer from. Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome seem to go hand in hand. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects many and had many of the same symptoms of celiac. I found some good overview information relating to IBS at Pain.com. Here is some of what I found:

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common condition that causes a  variety of chronic digestive symptoms. People with irritable bowel  syndrome may have digestive systems that are more sensitive to stress  and certain types of foods. The symptoms of IBS can be very similar to  the symptoms of some other gastointestinal diseases, such as celiac  disease, that may have serious complications, so it is worth seeking  medical attention for chronic digestive problems. IBS is diagnosed by  ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms. Fortunately, the  symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can be managed and the condition  causes no permanent damage to the digestive system.

People with irritable bowel syndrome experience frequent diarrhea or  constipation. Some people with IBS even experience both problems in an  alternating cycle. Abdominal cramping and pain are also common symptoms  of irritable bowel syndrome. Gas and bloating may also occur in some  cases.

The symptoms of IBS vary in severity as well as how long they last.  In order for a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome, the symptoms have  to be present for at least three months and for more than three days per  month. Some people with IBS have symptoms that are basically present  all of the time, and others have symptoms that come and go. In some  cases, it may be possible to identify things that trigger the IBS  symptoms, like food and stress, and control these triggers to help  control the symptoms of IBS.

If you are following a strict gluten free diet and still have the symptoms that are described in this article, please discuss the possibility of IBS with your doctor.

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