Interesting thought, if IBS responds to an antihistamine, might that mean there is an autoimmune component to the disease? That also might make sense given the frequent comorbidity with fibromyalgia.
"IBS patients have extremely sensitive bowels associated with increased pain perception. This phenomenon is comparable to the increased sensitivity of our skin to hot water after sunburn. The exact cause of this hypersensitivity has long been unknown. Researchers already knew that the bowels of patients with IBS contain larger quantities of the substance histamine, but the specific link with hypersensitivity had not yet been made."
Migraine and tension-type headaches may share genetic links with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to a preliminary study recently concluded. Irritable bowel syndrome is the most common gastrointestinal disorder worldwide and affects up to 45 million people in the United States. Many people remain undiagnosed and the exact cause of the chronic condition is not known.
"Do you ever experience symptoms of sweating and feeling like you are going to pass out during an IBS attack? As with many symptoms associated with IBS, this can be frightening and may make you wonder if something is more seriously wrong with you. This discussion of the body's own vasovagal reflex may help to put your fears to rest."
"Can you get sickness benefits in the UK if you suffer from IBS? The answer to that is yes…but not without a fight, it would seem. One of my lovely readers, Luci, has very kindly shared her experience of applying for employment support allowance (ESA), the sickness benefit that replaced incapacity benefit in 2008."
"The psychological and emotional traumas experienced over a lifetime--such as the death of a loved one, divorce, natural disaster, house fire or car accident, physical or mental abuse -- may contribute to adult irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to the results of a study unveiled at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 76th Annual Scientific meeting in Washington, DC."
"Probiotics, often referred to as 'good bacteria', are known to promote a healthy gut, but can they promote a healthy mind? Exploring the new world of neurological probiotics, researchers in BioEssays present new ideas on how neurochemicals delivered directly to the gut, via probiotic intestinal microbiota, exert their beneficial effects in maintaining gastrointestinal health and even psychological well-being."
"Abnormal serotonin levels are typical in fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), and they may also be behind some of the other conditions that are common in us -- including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)."
"# Eat a high fiber diet.
# Drink at least 64 oz of water every day.
# Set a time schedule for bowel movements everyday.
# Stay on the same schedule for eating everyday."
A fascinating article has just been published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism on the role that gut inflammation may play in the onset and maintenance of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). According to the article, one of the factors behind this area of
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