5 Simple Steps to Cure IBS Without Drugs

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IMAGINE HAVING A CONDITION with symptoms so severe that you can’t leave the house, yet your doctor calls it a “functional,” or “psychosomatic,” disease — meaning that it’s all in your head.

But it’s a very real problem for the 60 million people — that’s 20 percent of Americans — who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These people are plagued by uncomfortable and often disabling symptoms like bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, and pain.

I have many patients with IBS, some of whom have suffered for decades without relief. Their previous doctors couldn’t find the cause of the illness, so they were told to just get more fiber or take Metamucil, or were prescribed sedatives, anti-spasm drugs, or antidepressants.

That is NOT the answer. Most of those treatments don’t work, because they don’t address the underlying causes of why your digestion is not working. Emerging research has helped identify the underlying causes. For over 15 years I have been successfully treating irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive conditions using a very simple methodology based on functional medicine that helps identify and remove the underlying causes and restores normal digestive function and health.

Today, I am going to share 5 steps you can follow to cure IBS. But first I want to tell you about a patient of mine …

Alexis and Her Lifelong Irritable Bowel

At age 45, Alexis had suffered from IBS for 33 years — almost all her life! Her major symptom was sudden, painful, cramping diarrhea. She was doing the best she could to prevent it. She didn’t consume dairy, didn’t drink or smoke, and took Citracel every day. Yet nothing helped.

She would go to the bathroom 4 to 5 times before she even left the house in the morning. And she couldn’t go out of the house at all without knowing where all the closest bathrooms would be in case she had what she called “s— attacks.” That wasn’t Alexis’ only problem … She also felt full and bloated after every meal, which starchy foods made worse.

She had taken many antibiotics over the years and had many yeast infections. An upper endoscopy or scope into her stomach had shown that she had gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach. She also had severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS), with irregular periods, breast tenderness, sugar cravings, headaches, and agitation. She also had unusual symptoms like rectal itching (often a clue to yeast infections or food allergies). And she was tired all the time.

Alexis tried to eat healthy, but her diet was less than ideal. She had a bran muffin and coffee in the morning and a salad for lunch. But her “drug of choice” was sugar — in the form of cakes, ice cream, Jell-O, diet sodas, and other junk food. Not surprisingly, she was also about 20 pounds overweight.

To help Alexis, I simply identified and treated the UNDERLYING CAUSES of her digestive problems! To understand how I did that, you first have to understand a little bit about how the gut works.

These are the two main causes of IBS: Food allergies and overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine.

How Gut Imbalances Can Lead to IBS

Imagine a tennis court. That is the surface area of your small intestine, where food is absorbed. Your small intestine is also the site of about 60 percent of your immune system. And this sophisticated gut-immune system is just one-cell layer away from a toxic sewer — all of the bacteria and undigested food particles in your gut.

If that lining breaks down — from stress, too many antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or Advil, steroids, intestinal infections, a low-fiber, high-sugar diet, alcohol, and more – your immune system will be exposed to foreign particles from food and bacteria and other microbes.  This will trigger and activate immune response, allergy, and will irritate your second brain (the enteric nervous system) creating havoc that leads to an irritable bowel, an irritable brain, and other system wide problems including allergy, arthritis, autoimmunity, mood disorders, and more.

The microbial ecosystem in the gut must be healthy for you to be healthy.  When your gut bacteria are out of balance — when you have too many pathogenic bacteria and not enough healthy bacteria — it makes you sick.  You’ve got about 3 pounds of bacteria — 500 species — in your gut. In fact, there is more bacterial DNA in your body than there is human DNA! Among all that gut bacteria, there are good guys, bad guys, and VERY bad guys.

If the bad guys take over — or if they move into areas that they shouldn’t (like the small intestine which is normally sterile) — they can start fermenting the food you digest, particularly sugar or starchy foods.

This is called small bowel bacterial overgrowth, and it’s a major cause of IBS.

The major symptom it causes is bloating, or a feeling of fullness after meals. What causes this bloating? The overproduction of gas by the bacteria as they have lunch on your lunch!

Small bowel bacterial overgrowth can be diagnosed by a breath test, which measures gas production by the bacteria, or by a urine test that measures the byproducts of the bacteria after they are absorbed into your system.

Bacterial overgrowth is a real syndrome and was recently described in a review paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.(i) The condition can be treated. In fact, a major paper was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that showed using a non-absorbed antibiotic called rifaximin for 10 days resulted in a dramatic improvement in bloating and overall symptoms of IBS by clearing out the overgrowth of bacteria.(ii) This medication is now under FDA review for approval as a new treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

That’s great news for many IBS patients. But, unfortunately, not all patients with the same diagnosis are created equal. There’s more than one factor that leads to IBS. Another major cause of IBS is food sensitivities. Not true allergies, but low-grade reactions to foods that drive so many chronic symptoms including IBS.

A landmark paper, was recently published in the prestigious British medical journal Gut that found eliminating foods identified through delayed food allergy testing (IgG antibodies) resulted in dramatic improvements in IBS symptoms.(iii) Another article, an editorial in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, stated clearly that we must respect and recognize the role of food allergies and inflammation in IBS.(iv)

So the research tells us that these are the two main causes of irritable bowel — food allergies and overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine — but there may be others, including a lack of digestive enzymes, parasites living in the gut, zinc or magnesium deficiency, heavy metal toxicity, and more.

And this is precisely why it is so critically important to personalize treatment based on the unique circumstances that exist for each person who suffers from IBS — the solution is most certainly not one-size-fits-all. But solutions can be found if we look carefully at the underlying causes and treat them.

Which leads me back to Alexis …

How I Helped Alexis Heal from IBS

I prescribed Alexis a non-absorbed antibiotic, an antifungal drug for her yeast problem, and had her eliminate the foods to which she was allergic. I believe in treatment that addresses the underlying cause of the problem. If there is a bacterial or yeast infection, then medications are often the best treatments. The key is to effectively treat the cause. If medications do that, then I use them.

Then I gave her supplements of healthy bacteria to normalize her gut and zinc to help with her digestive enzymes (chronic diarrhea can result in zinc deficiency).

I also gave her extra fiber to feed the healthy bacteria, fish oil to reduce gut inflammation, a multivitamin, and herbs to balance her hormones (which are greatly affected by abnormal bacteria).

What happened then may shock some, but I wasn’t surprised. It is the same result I have seen in patient after patient when the principles of functional medicine are applied …

Alexis came back to see me two months later, and she was a different person. Not only did she lose 20 pounds, she had not had a “s—- attack” and was having normal bowel habits for the first time in 33 years! She also had more energy, and her PMS vanished.

She looked and felt 10 years younger and was free of the suffering she had endured for over three decades.

Do you have to suffer like Alexis did? No. We have the science, the understanding, and tools to deal with this chronic problem and the suffering it causes 1 in 5 people. There is no need to wait for any more studies. I have been treating IBS in my practice for over 15 years with dramatic success.

In fact, just recently, one of my patients told me that, for the first time in his life, he didn’t have any more stomach pains or digestive problems. He had previously been so bad that he had to have a phone installed in his bathroom!

To take advantage of these discoveries today, simply follow these five steps.

5 Steps to Curing IBS

  1. Get tested. Try to get a test for IgG food allergies and eliminate the foods that test positive for 12 weeks. Or simply try an allergy elimination diet for a few weeks.
  2. Test yourself. If you can’t afford the test mentioned above, then just eliminate the most common food allergens for 12 weeks — that’s dairy, gluten, yeast, eggs, corn, soy, and peanuts. And then reintroduce them to see if they cause symptoms. This is an effective way to isolate the foods that may be causing you problems. I have created a simple program to follow based on a comprehensive elimination diet called The UltraSimple Diet.
  3. Get rid of the unwanted visitors in your small bowel. Ask your doctor to prescribe rifaximin (Xifaxin) and take two 200 mg tablets three times a day for seven to 10 days. This is often the best way to deal with the chronic bacterial overgrowth that causes bloating and irritable bowel syndrome.  You may also need an anti-fungal such as nystatin or fluconazole for two to four weeks.
  4. Repopulate your digestive tract with good bacteria. I don’t usually recommend brands, but when it comes to probiotics the quality varies so much that I suggest taking two specific brands. Take one packet of VSL3 or other high potency probiotic twice a day for one to two months. This probiotic has over 450 billion organisms per packet. I also recommend a probiotic called S. boulardii take two capsules twice a day for two months. This is a special probiotic that helps to further normalize gut function.
  5. Try digestive enzymes with meals to help break down food while your gut heals.  You also may benefit from nutrients that help heal the lining of the gut including fish oil, GLA (from evening primrose oil, zinc, vitamin A, glutamine and others.

By taking these steps and seeking out the underlying causes of IBS, you can dramatically improve your health and overcome your digestive disorder.

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below—but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

References

(i) Lin, H. (2004). Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. The Journal of the American Medical Association. 292:852-858.

(ii) Pimenetel, M., Park, S. Mirocha, J. Kane, S., and Y. Kong. (2006). The effect of nonabsorbed oral antibiotics (rifaximin) on the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Annals of Internal Medicine. (145)8:557–563.

(iii) Atkinson, W., Sheldon, T.A., Shaath, N., and P.J. Whorwell. (2003). Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. Gut. 53:1459–1464

(iv) Shanahan, F. and P.J. Whorwell, M.D. (2005). IgG-mediated food intolerance in irritable bowel syndrome: A real phenomenon or an epiphenomenom? The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 100:1558–1559.

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91 Responses to 5 Simple Steps to Cure IBS Without Drugs

  1. Susan Healey January 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I have been diagnosed with IBS and have tried many different diets etc. I am currently on the ultrasimple diet and have been eating quite a few nuts as a snack to help me stay away from sugar. I have been experiencing excessive gas and I am wondering if the nuts would cause that. I have heard of soaking them to help with digestion and I would like to know your suggestions on this.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi Susan,

      Yes, we suggest soaking some nuts- like almonds for example to increase digestion and metabolism. Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work.
      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  2. Sonia Madsen February 25, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Hi, Could you give an alternative to rifaximin (Xifaxin) as I don’t think this is available in Ireland.

    Thank you.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff February 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      Hi Sonia,

      Have you tried addressing your symptoms with diet, probiotics and enzymes? It is best to work with a local functional medicine provider who can order you the appropriate tests to diagnose if you have yeast or bacteria in the gut. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you in Ireland who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  3. Jessica March 4, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    This is so eye opening. I’ve suffered for years. Had an endoscopy and colonoscopy last year, basically the doctor told me it’s all in my head. He told me to take Medamucil and that was is. No follow up treatment. I’ve been to 3 doctors in the last few years and they have all told me the same thing. I am still suffering, that’s how I found this page. I’m glad I did. Now I have to find a local doctor who will help me. My social life is non-existant now because of my ibs issues. I get anxiety going new places because I’m unsure of where the bathrooms will be which only makes my symptoms worse. Thanks for the information!

  4. Sam March 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Good article! I wonder why it’s titled “5 Simple Steps to Cure IBS without Drugs” when step #3 is “go ask for drugs!” ?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Sam,

      While Dr Hyman does talk about certain Rx medications here, the use of this antibiotic (Xifaxan) is the best available treatment for small bowel overgrowth and is well worth the investment in your health.

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  5. Sarah March 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Is there any risk in ‘sterilizing’ your gut using Rifaximin? I have the prescription but am nervous to use it because I was warned it might eliminate TOO many bacteria and leave you at risk for further bad bacterial infections. Thoughts?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      You should follow your Doc’s prescription and inquire about supplementing with the appropriate gut-healing nutrients (probiotics, enzymes, zinc etc.) Please see the article for the protocol Dr Hyman suggests.

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  6. Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your web site unintentionally, and I’m surprised why this coincidence didn’t happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

  7. sof March 19, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Hi, what do you recommend for IBS-S? I’m taking fiber/magnisium/vitamin D/ginger root supplements, exercise 4 times a week, drink lots of water (pop/soda only few times a year), take a probiotic every day. I eat out once a week, rarely junk food, i eat 8-10 bananas and 2 lbs of apples every week, try juicing here and there. I have a hard time with sweets and consume alcohol 1-2 times a week. I’ve had IBS-S since i’ve traveled to Europe (almost 6 months now)….Would Xifaxin work for me?

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

      Dear Sof,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  8. Annette March 21, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Do you take the probiotics while taking the antibiotic or do you start them afterwards?

  9. John March 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Hi,

    I’ve been experiencing IBS symptoms since the fall.( Diarrhea) I am a vegetarian and eat very limited amounts of processed foods. No dairy and plenty of fiber. Whole grains as well. My big splurge was a bit of cheese pizza. I was recently prescribed Cipro and Flagyl for what we thought was diverticulitis. The Cipro was first for two weeks. The anal itching I had went away immediately and my stools became very normal and easy to pass and huge! Now that the antibiotics are done, I am experiencing the usual symptoms.

    Did the first round of Cipro normalize my gut for a while? And did this give a clue as to what is going on.

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  10. christopher March 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    hi i had ibs-d for over three years,where i’m from doctors do not know anything about this sickness,i really would like to know if Dr Hyman could help me.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Hi Christopher,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work with IBS. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  11. roslyn March 30, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Hi i was going to doctors for ten years now they did test but every time they told me there is nothing wrong with me,but i keep getting sicker.One doctor told me its all in my head the other said i have nerves stomach after two years treating a nerves stomach nothing changes . my stomach will cramp up making me feel like am having a heart tack sometime my body shake so much in the night my sleeping is poor my stomach pain so much and am always full am not hungry can you please help me

    • Avatar of Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff
      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi Roslyn,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      However, our best advice for getting started today, is to work on an anti-inflammatory diet such as that in Dr Hyman’s The Blood Sugar Solution. You can get started here: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  12. Mas April 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi,

    I have IBS, I have so much gas in my stomach and thats why so much Fart goes down . I am in so Bad condition . I need to stop Fart .

    will u plz plz plz plz give me some way to stop it . Please , I need your help .

    Thanks in advance

    • Avatar of Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff
      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      HI Mas,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      In the meantime you might look into an antiinflammatory diet protocol such as those in Dr Hyman’s The Blood Sugar Solution or The UltraSimple Diet. http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com or store.ultrasimplediet.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  13. preeti srivastava April 3, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    I’m 47 yr old woman with IBS problem for the last 17 yrs.After reading your article on IBS I felt I can be treated.My symptoms are— some loose motion s’time constipation, bloating dryness in the mouth after getting up from bed, dryness & itching in the upper back(fungal infect.which doesn’t go with anti fungal oint.),a small cut on the opening of left nostril for last three months, sugar craving after noon’s sleep,earlier rectum itching was there not now,perfect weight,regular in exercises. My Dr. gave Enterogermina, Pentotas-D & husk.After loose motion feels pain in the legs, weakness, main problem motion is ir-regular. I’m from India. Dr. can you help me or advice me for my problem.

  14. Mercuttio April 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Looks like an interesting and reasonable protocol. I am just wondering whether this has been tried also with the patients suffering from other internal inflamattory diseases, like cholangitis or pancreatitis?

  15. Steve in Alabama April 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this information on IBS. We are honoring IBS Awareness Month this April with some new posts and information about this common disorder on our medical research blog. Too many people are suffering in silence with irritable bowel syndrome, but we can help them by getting more people to openly discuss this illness. Plus as you know, one of the best ways that a person can manage their IBS is to learn as much as they can about it.

  16. Michael Wu April 14, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    Since I have IBS the pain is not that bad anymore since the supplements I took help reduce my pain! I’m not going to give up and will keep fighting for it!

  17. Caitlyn April 28, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    Is there a less expensive alternative to the VSL 3? Also, which form of zinc would you recommend?

    • Avatar of Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff
      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      Hi Caitlyn,

      Dr. Hyman really wants you to focus on bifidobacteria and lactobacillus in high doses in order to produce a therapeutic effect. The VSL-3 is the leader in this arena for probiotics. So, the cost is worth the effort in healing if you can afford it for the month. Then, you can switch to a probiotic such as this: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/Show/SearchResults/426/Ther-Biotic-Complete-capsules OR, http://store.drhyman.com/Store/Show/SearchResults/862/Probiotic-50B Of course, do the best you can and if you need to start out with a probiotic like that than you can try it and see how your body feels. Might be good to work with a practitioner to help you as certain strains of bacteria are therapeutic for the type of inflammatory response associated with IBS. You dont want to cause more inflammation.

      Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  18. Lynne Dugan April 29, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I recently had major surgery for two ulcers, one up and one down. I am trying the FODMAP diet, eliminating sugar and trying other foods to see if they trigger diarhea and am taking probiotics daily. The symptoms have improved but I am interested in the VSL#3. The other one you suggested does not register with Google. I am also without health insurance so a doctor is out of the question. Do you think it might help to talk to your team?

    • Avatar of Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff
      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

      Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

  19. Brijesh May 10, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    i am from India and i am suffering from IBS from last 7 years,
    my age is 25 and this is the age to earn money so that i can make my future but because of IBS i cant do anything. i get cramping, bloating, and constipation, it doesn’t just make me feel miserable. It has create serious problems in my life,
    it force me to stay home from work and say no to anything that means i couldn’t be too far from a bathroom. i had to leave my studies and my job, i prefer to be at home because of IBS,
    from last 2 years i am at home i don’t go to hangout with friends, i don’t attend any wedding and i don’t do all the normal stuff which my age people’s do,
    please help me out i am in big trouble……

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      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding medical conditions cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  20. Kunal Jain May 20, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    Hello,
    I have always had stomach disorders like bloating,hyperacidity and frequent visits to the loo after meals but in the past 4 months this problem has aggravated a lot .
    I have been diagnosed by IBS by the doctors. Despite several medications i am in no relief. There is emmense bloating and acidity throughout the day.After reading Dr Hyman’s article above, i asked my doctor to prescribe me Xifaxin Tablets (400mg three times a day ) and i am also taking VSL-3 (1 cap a day )alongwith S.boullardi Capsules ( 1 cap a day ). I have been taking this now for a week but there is no improvement in my condition. DO u suggest any other medication along with it or should i increase my dosage of the above mentioned probiotics .Since i am india i cannot make an appointment with Dr Hyman. Pls reply back .

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      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Hello Kunal,

      We cannot offer medical advice over the internet. You should consult with your physician on your progress and dosage.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  21. aazad May 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    hi dr.
    doctor says i have ibs d ..is there any solution.. ? i am 22 years old. pl dr.z reply me in simple english..

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      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Hello Aazad,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding medical conditions cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  22. Kishore May 21, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    Thank you for this article. I’m from India and I have the same problem and I feel the sudden attacks and before leaving the house I have to use the loo for atleast 6 times and still have the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. I have been using homeopathy but results are slow.

    I have been married last year and I fear going out with my wife due to my problem. I hardly go out and its frustating me. Last year I had visisted a Gastro specilist and he did endoscopy and told me its in your head, you are thinking about it too much. I have tried to lose the thought but the sudden attacks make me
    worry.

    Can I send you my gastro reports and the medication adviced to me so that you can look at it and advice me what to do next.

    I’ll await for your reply.

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Hello Kishore,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

    • yuvaraj August 10, 2013 at 4:43 am #

      hi,

      I am from India too, not yet diagnosed ( most likely IBS). My number is +91 9738122017. Lets connect. Only we understand our problem has this IBS is rare in India and people dont understand our problem.

  23. Jay May 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    I thought this article was great! Can you recommend a lab that could provide the IgG antibodies test that is recommended in the article? I have seen that some labs mail kits to your home and then you send it back for analysis. Are these alright to use? What do you suggest?

  24. Audrey Dryden June 16, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    Suddenly at 82 I began having symptoms of Colitis, had a colonscopy and it was!!! Lymphocytic Colitis…doc suggested Budesonide? at $1,500 a month?? No guarantees with it.
    I found a Functional Doc and took the gluten test and was positive. Also, dairy etc. I worked with supplements and finally got onto a product called: “pure encapsulations, G.I. Fortify…It is a miracle…took two days and back to normal BM and my Gastro guy, not a functional doc., said to take Pepto Bismal tabs, 8 a day??? It was recommended by a website: Collagenous Colitis & Lymphocytic Colitis… After 1 year of the frequent BMs and being unable to go out without taking Motrin, I am elated.

  25. Audrey Dryden June 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    I requested you not use my full name??? What happened?

  26. nsawa August 4, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I appreciate western medicine’s perspective and research on this subject.

    As an IBS sufferer, I have found that meditation is the best cure for IBS and most “non” diseases which are not lethal but so disabling that life becomes a burden more than a journey.

    Yes, diet is very important. We have to watch what kind of stuff we introduce into our system, but most importantly stress.

    Nope, you did not get to the heart of the issue, what is the real reason behind food allergies? what does cause too much bad bacteria?
    (and with each answer you will get another question because you are sticking to the physical body and not having a wider perspective).

    I believe that once we embrace a holistic perspective to things outside of the physical body we will be able to understand and treat lots of illnesses and “none” illnesses.

    The only thing that makes a medicine work is the belief that the patient has of the outcome.

    After all the medicine fixes the symptoms and not the causes, so yes there is a mind cause to it.

    I do believe that IBS can be categorized as psychosomatic, because it is triggered by stress (bad diet is a stress trigger on the most vulnerable part of the IBS sufferer, the digestive track) in the same way that back pain sufferers have their back as their most vulnerable part and migraine sufferers have their heads.
    (read some psychosomatic book and it tells you why).

    In order to treat IBS, I suggest meditation, on a daily basis, learning to monitor and track thought patterns and of course a proper diet and exercise
    (you don’t need to have any medical condition so that a dietitian tells you no for the following:
    1- Sugar
    2- Gluten
    3- Dairy
    etc…
    )

    And no, I do not want to live my life afraid of certain food types because of their effect (they are not the cause, I want to skip them because of knowledge and not fear).

    No, I do not want to keep drugs or non-drugs in my system for my whole life (maybe not good for drug companies, but this is another subject).

    No, I do not believe that external inclusions will heal me.
    Just as my body can heal itself from a small wound so will it heal from IBS
    (in fact if we all have been properly conditioned from childhood, most diseases and life issues will dissipate on their own).

    So, we should stop convincing ourselves that we need this and that to cure. We only need to know how to live in our own skins.

    These conditions (IBS, Migraine, back pain) happen because the body’s threshold for stress has been surpassed and an unhealthy lifestyle will make it worse.

    Regards

  27. raveesh sachdev August 5, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Hello dr. I am raveesh and I am of 19 years old I am having my stomach problem from like 10 months and I usually get constipated sometimes mucus is also seen. And I am also having gas problem I have contacted from some doctors and didnt found any solution yet. Sometimes size of the motion is not normal. Please help me doctor I wanna get rid of this problem

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      Dear Raveesh,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. He practices functional medicine, which includes personalized lifestyle medicine. This is an individualized approach to health and nutrition. Specific treatments will affect each person’s system differently, based on their unique “terrain” or constitution. In order to treat the symptoms and get to the root cause of what’s making someone sick, we first need to know what specific imbalances are occurring in the individual’s body. Because of that, there is no single diet or therapy available to everyone. We need to address the person’s unique health status and medical history in order to provide the ultimate diet therapy for that person.

      Due to this Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. Have you seen this article though? http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/04/28/ultrawellness-lesson-4-gut-digestive-health/

      If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s virtual nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  28. Nitish August 6, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Is there any relationship between H.Pylori and IBS or H.Pylori can add symptoms of IBS? Is it ok if patient tests for H.Pylori bacteria to cure IBS?

  29. Kriti Sharma August 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I have no clue what my disorder is but i have been seeing my doctor for a year now and recently was told to follow a FODMAP diet. It has helped me to certain extent but its like after a few days I feel the same, bloated and in so much pain that all i want to do is sleep and that’s like my medicine and i am only 22 sigh! o was prescribed xiafaxin 500mg and it didn’t help me i take citrucel as of now HELP!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Dear Kriti,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. He practices functional medicine, which includes personalized lifestyle medicine. This is an individualized approach to health and nutrition. Specific treatments will affect each person’s system differently, based on their unique “terrain” or constitution. In order to treat the symptoms and get to the root cause of what’s making someone sick, we first need to know what specific imbalances are occurring in the individual’s body. Because of that, there is no single diet or therapy available to everyone. We need to address the person’s unique health status and medical history in order to provide the ultimate diet therapy for that person.

      Due to this Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s virtual nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  30. Daniel August 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi! I have one question: do you take the rifaximin AFTER you eliminate trigger foods for 12 weeks or can you do both at the same time???

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      Dear Daniel,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s virtual nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  31. Grace August 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    ISSUE: Inability to properly digest foods such as protiens and sugars
    AILMENTS: GAS, BLOATING, IRREGULARITY, REFLUX, ABDOMINAL PAIN
    FIX: REGULAR EXERCISE DAILY, CANNABIS added to diet

    Is it any wonder, we stray from who we are as animals, then wonder why our animal instincts kick in to tell us we are wrong.

    hundreds of thousands of years cannabis, nature, now religion, government, control. Take a deep breath and know air is the last thing to be taken.

  32. violet September 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    why do i only suffer severe ibs during my period. i am 53 now and have had this problem for about 3 yrs. i didnt think my stomach could hold so much gas its so painful what is going on i literally cant eat or sleep for 5 days evety month

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      Dear Violet,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Hormones are really complicated and unfortunately we cant provide a one word answer. It is probably best you receive attention from a qualified practitioner who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      If you would like, you can make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox,MA. To make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? It is easy and fast! To learn more, please go to:http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs

      In good health,

      The Nutrition Team

  33. Dalton September 4, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    I was just wondering if you had done any research into vaccines or GMO foods that may cause or help create the environment for IBS and other illnesses.

    Here are some insightful documentary’s to check out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2NlxVrR_LM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBlp_thTq0Y

  34. Seddik Iguijji September 6, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    hi i am 20 years old male i had suffering with IBS for more than 5 years it seems that thy turned my life around i sometimes skip school just because of it i live in morocco i have been taking different treatment with my doctor but nothing seemed to work
    it just make me want to kill myself

  35. Yousuf Mohammed September 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Hi doc,
    This is Yousuf Mohammed from Saudi Arabia, i have IBS from last 5 years, i am 30 years old, my problem is very rare bowel movement i.e once in a week, hard & lumpy stool, discomfortness, bloating, high stress, high constipation pass stool once in 7 days hard stool, it is spoiling my quality of life. If you have treatment i can come to you over there for treatment, i want to cure from this. I am afraid. It is spoiling my career & social life. I had done colonoscopy, endoscopy, thyroid fungtion tests all test result is good no problem reported. Reply me. I had tried many diets but no result.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Dear Yousuf,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

      • Ammad November 3, 2013 at 2:30 am #

        Is the treatment for IBS-Constipation available?

  36. Dr A S Narayana Rao October 28, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    Dear Hyman,
    Your research experience on IBS is excellent. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to go through ur suggestions. Help rendered to humanity through web is commendable.

  37. Dr A S Narayana Rao October 28, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    I am suffering from severe moods depression once I have one loose motion. After eating my stomach becomes highly acidic and my brain becomes nervous after one loose motion once upon a time . I was treated fe loose motion with metronidazole but only momentary relief. Your prescription would help a lot , I think

  38. Amanda Marquez November 6, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    I wish there was more doctors like you! This disorder has caused me so many problems.. I will try this guide :) I feel hope for my curing, thank you.

  39. winsome maloney November 6, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    worked, please in form the doctors in Canada how to treat this condition thank you.

  40. Imprint Archana November 7, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Dear Dr. Hyman,
    I’m writing on behalf for my husband who has been diagnosed with IBS recently. I would like to give a brief history of how it all started. My husband is 36yrs old and we based in Ahmedabad, India. Last year .i.e. in Dec 2012 he suffered from chicken pox which was fairly fatal. Post that his digestive system was giving him problems meaning constant motion, loose motion and diarrhea. We didn’t take it seriously thinking that because the dosage of the Chicken pox medicines was high probably it could have been because of that. But this problem persisted for almost 4 months so then we got an endoscopy done for him. In the report, the doctor said that he had Helicobacter Pylori infection. Medicines were prescribed for it but nothing really happened. After 2 months we consulted another doctor and he said that you have IBS. He again has prescribed medicines but there has been no improvement in his condition. He also have food reflux (Gastro-oesophageal reflux) which is also big problem for which the doctor said there is no treatment apart from a surgery. Because motion happens at least 3 – 4 times in the night, he can’t have a sound sleep which affects his daily work.
    Is there a possibility that I can forward you all his reports and medicine prescription and if you could have a look at it and prescribe a medicines accordingly.
    I’ve been fairly perturbed his health condition.
    I eagerly look forward for a reply from your side.
    Thank you.

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      Team Hyman January 2, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  41. Kyle Peterson November 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Very interesting article that gives me hope. I have had IBS for 5 years caused by the antibiotic, Cipro. I took it for a UTI and my family doctor kept me on it for 45 days. I have not been the same since. Stomach cramping with severe pain, constipation, horrible smelling flatulence, incomplete evacuation. It has been a true nightmare. I recently took VSL # 3 with good results, but when I stopped taking it, my symptoms returned with a vengeance. I am currently taking a lot of FiberOne and VSL with some improvement, but not nearly what I was hoping for. I’ve been to 4 GI specialists and noone can help me. I just want my life back!

  42. Michele Renee November 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Can a symptom of IBS be constant burping? I burp daily all day, sometimes horribly. I only get the bloating and horrible gas in the evenings for several hours, who knows what sets it off. I may have several days in a row or skip a few weeks. It is very in consistent. Still not sure it is IBS, but have had every test out there and ruled out most everything else. Any ideas?

  43. Thomas November 25, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I wanted to share my IBS story because I think it could be helpful to those who have suffered as much as I have.

    I start my story off with the habits that I think led up to IBS. From the age of around 9 years old I suffered from stress that made me lose my appetite for years. I never would eat breakfast and I would go all day during school without eating. Then I developed acne and used all types of antibiotics, again without eating anything. This was disastrous because I think the years of antibiotics on top of starving myself destroyed all the healthy bacteria in my stomach.

    Around the age of 15, I noticed sodas would cause discomfort and so much gas to the point it was trapped all throughout my body and back and my blood sugar would drop to the point of me feeling as though I wanted to pass out. I eliminated sodas, but throughout college I still had IBS.

    I would wake up every morning lethargic, nauseous, constipated for days and generally unhappy. While I was in college I stopped being able to digest certain proteins like beef altogether, but at the time I didn’t know this. Then my life too a turn for the worse.

    1. I developed a cough that wouldn’t go away and it was so frequent and bad that I had to stop attended my courses b/c I would disturb everyone in class. I couldn’t sleep for more than 45 mins at a time b/c I would wake up in the middle of the night drinking water to stop the cough and cool my stomach down

    2. I could literally feel and hear my stomach struggling to digest food and I was gaseous and bloated that I could barely breathe. I felt like I was being poisoned and my stomach just felt nasty and disgusting

    3. I developed premature wrinkles and grey hair because I knew I wasn’t absorbing enough nutrients

    4. When I was able to defecate, which wasn’t often b/c I was generally constipated, my fecal matter would never form into solids, it was like the consistency of sand.

    5. I couldn’t exercise and had to stop being active as I got older. I couldn’t eat any dairy (including yogurt), barely as meat (no beef or pork) or poultry and could only eat certain fish.

    6. I wanted to die, especially after going on a vegan diet thinking that would relieve me. I nearly had a nervous breakdown after I got so sick from the fiber because I couldn’t digest it.

    7. I refused to get on medicine because I knew I wouldn’t be getting to the root of the problem, only masking the issue until the medicines took a negative toll on my system

    Solutions:

    1. Around 2008 I stopped eating beef and that cleared up all the mucous that I had in my chest and it stopped the coughing. The poisonous feeling that I mentioned went away and the dark rings I developed around my eyes went away with it. Beef was literally killing me! I would cough so badly that I even began to cough up blood and would have migraines from the hacking. Beef and anything that came form a cow was horrible for me.

    2. I still had digestive issues like bloating, not being able to digest most other foods including fiber and my blood sugar was uncontrollable. However, after about 5 years of struggling after I made the beef discovery I am free! I had starting drinking crystal light in order to cut down on calories, but one day I had so much acid in my chest from drinking it that I nearly choked in my sleep b/c it had come up my esophagus. I drank the lemon flavored crystal light so I figured the artificial lemon flavoring was too acidic. Then I started drinking sugar free lemonade, same thing happened. Then I said, let me drink only healthy drinks without any sugar. So I started drinking Fuze drinks…same thing happened!

    3. I compared what all those drinks had in common and I found the culprit! ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS! It wasn’t the flavoring it was the artificial sweeteners that was killing me! I now only drink Ocean Spray 100% juice and I can tell you I have no symptoms of IBS and I can digest poultry and fiber. My bowel movements are frequent, my fecal matter is solid, I have energy, my blood sugar is regulated and I feel that best I have felt in 15 years. I suffered for 15 years b/c of artificial sweeteners! Even my grey hair is leaving. The main thing I have noticed is that I can SLEEP! I can SLEEP! Thank you Jesus I can sleep without being awaken b/c my stomach feels like I have to vomit. I can no longer feel my stomach digesting and I don’t lose energy like I use to when I sleep. I used to literally wake up tired b/c I think my body was using so much energy to try and digest my food. I thank God on high that I feel normal again.

    People stop eating Beef and artificial sweeteners! I know everybody is different, but this may help somebody…anybody. I wrote this long response because I wouldn’t wish my suffering on anyone b/c I really wanted to commit suicide after my digestive issues caused me so much misery, agony, pain, isolation, and sadness. I also don’t eat any sugars besides fruit sugars with a little honey.

    Read upon Artificial Sweeteners Disorder. I learned about this after I figured out that what was killing me. I felt like I had colon cancer at times or that I would die very young b/c I was always sick.

    I hope this long post helps someone!

    • Ammad December 2, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      Hi Thomas,
      Thanks for sharing your story. I have a few of the symptoms that you just mentioned. The IBS started to show up for me earlier this year when I was really stressed mentally. For 2 months my doctor put me up on Antidepressants, which really worked for me I was back to having normal bowl movement. Now I got into stressful situation again and it came back again. You mentioned in your story that you were stressed in your childhood, my question is how does stress affect you? Of course food puts great impact on my digestion, but I think Stress triggers it for me. Thanks again for sharing your story, it means great hopes for me.

      Ammad

    • Bobi December 18, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      thank you for sharing your very similar experience.

  44. loenzano December 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Liked hearing all the peoples comments

  45. TA December 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    is there any functional doctors you would recommend in Honolulu? i’ve tried searching my area but came up short. i am seeing a natruopath currently who is treating me for candida and the progress is okay, it’s not great and i’m not 100% yet.

    thank you!

  46. Rebecca December 4, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Hey I have been suffering with ibs-d since i was 18. im now 23. and it has gotten so bad to the point where i have been to the hospital 4 times! because i felt like i was literally dying. i had a baby last year and now i know how to describe my attacks. feels like HORRIBLE labor contractions. in my stomach and back. im crying every time i go to the bathroom. and i sometimes go 10 or more times a day. i almost take Imodium like candy. i say that because i have to take Imodium every other day. just so i DONT go. i will be going alot and then when i cant take it anymore i take 204 pills and it stops me up for a couple days then im back where i started. its an endless cycle for me. i have almost been to the point of suicidal i have to admit. its just so bad that im constantly depressed/stressed.i get hot flashes and cold chills and i feel ill like im going to faint. my back pain is excruciating. and i am so bloated that it makes me have to pee very badly when i get an attack. I recently got a job. im even surprised i can work. because im extremely scared of having an attack at work because i dont want to get fired for being in the bathroom so much. i have to take Imodium the night before i have work so i wont use the bathroom the next day. im just so stressed about this that i dont have any friends. cause im always at home. and i feel like im not giving my daughter the attention she deserves cause im always in the bathroom. i have seen several doctors and all just tell me to take fiber. but im in constant severe pain and dont know what to do for it. my doctors will not prescribe pain killer for my constant pain. what can i do? they have tried every test on me and concluded its ibs. i actually wish they DID find something in the tests they took so i could be like “yes finally they found something so they can fix it.” but no “you have ibs and theres no cure.” basically “have fun living in pain and fear and embarrassment for the rest of your life.” This makes me not want the live. literally the only things keeping me from killing myself because of this pain are my family. this is how painful it is!

    • Rebecca December 4, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      i meant to put i take 2 to 4 pills. not 204.

  47. waheed December 8, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    i have a problem of ibs, using colofac135mg (bd),prothiaden75mg(od) & esomeprazole 40mg, but still i have pain & going to washroom 3 to 4 times in aday.

    need ur opinion.
    thanks.

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

  48. David from England December 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I am intolerant to most drugs including just simple pain killers and anti biotics so dont know whether I wil be able to take rifaximin (Xifaxin) and that is if my GP will prescribe for me as he is very wary about pres any drugs for me knowing the bizare effect many have had

    I have been suffering now for about 4years and not getting any better despit e going to a noted hospital for the colon etc St Marks in London it was suggested at first all in the mind and o CBT etc

    A I found that all red meat caused such pains I have stopped eating also green veg and fresh fruit for sweetening i use natural honey from the producers of it Stomoch still gets painful and I get cet constipation itis seriously affecting my social life always wondering what toilet facilties etc and what food i will be able to eat if in a strange place so i tend not to go which cuts you off from friends and feeds the anxiety And have cut out wheat as much as possible using glution free in cerals and rice milk and small amounts of Lactose free milk for weak tea etc no coffee

    It woukd be good to hear from you

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

  49. Rachel December 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I have several gastro problems. Upper is a hiadal hernia, diagnosed 18 years ago, but more recently severe pain in the lower left side by my ovaries ( checked with no abnormalities). As of today I am suffering with a horrible pain in my upper back right side just under my ribs. Feels like gas but excruciating pain. I also have suffered with bad yeast infections most of my like. I see that Dr. Hyman is not local. I was wondering if he had a recommendation for a doctor in the long island, ny area that practices his same theories. I do not like to take medicine and would gather try a different approach. Thank you

  50. Bobi December 18, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    Thank you so much. I’m 42 yoa and I grew up drinking Pepto Bismol after meals and I always heard people say, “you eat like a bird.” Well, when you get full fast and get cramps after eating all these years, I guess that’s what happens. I’ve tried many things but never simultaneously. I thank you and will try these steps. I believe in this methodology of functional medicine.

  51. Robert Barabash December 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I had rectal cancer and was cured. After about 6 months my ostomy was reversed and my bowel was hit and miss. Since then I have had bowel problems. I would go off and on. The longest I have been constipated is 25 days and I was so happy not being anchored to a toilet. The longest stretch for diarhea is 546 days. My problem with the loose stool is I have no mechanism to warn or stop the bowel movement. My symptoms mimic IBS but no one has been able to give me even a hint about what has been going on in my bowel or how to slow it down. I have all the symptoms of IBS plus when a really serious episode is about to happen my burps smell like I was sucking on a 100 year old leather mitt that was in a scuzzy pond.

  52. Ruslan December 27, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Thomas, you`re absolutely right! I`d always been suffering from IBS untill I came across some clues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wish all people the best of health!

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  54. matt December 31, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    hi I’ve been suffering for about 6 years with this the first time I had that a domino pain I went to the hospital they tested me and determine my gallbladder was not functioning properly and then told me since it did not function I would probably end up with I.B.S it took my stomach a long time to recover after gallbladder was taken out about 6 months later I had severe abdominal pain and then about 6 months later then I went almost 2 years and had a flare up and then a year and a half to two years later sometimes when I eat I have the urgency to run to the bathroom especially with greasy foodsthe last flare up I had was a couple days before christmas this year and has been carrying over about 2 weeks sometimes it spells only last a couple of days sometimes longer that case no running to the bathroom after I eat doesn’t really bother me as much as it seems to affect others when they eatI have an appointment to see my family medical doctor just wondered if you had any advicethat I could share with him I am a smoker and consume alcohol very minimalI might have a drink every couple monthslike I said before I’ve tried to nearest food down but that does not seem like the under causing something any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated
    Thanks.

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      Team Hyman January 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

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