Suffering From Gas?

Irritable bowel syndrome

Debarati S Sen , TNN Dec 30, 2013, 12.00AM IST Tags: Cancer (Suffering from gas? ) Gas attacks can sometimes be so severe, that they are mistaken for other serious ailments. Here is more on the issue… Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence was recently hospitalised after complaining about severe stomach pains and cramps. The actress, who reportedly does not hide her love for fried and fatty foods, initially thought that she was suffering from ulcer. However, her endoscopy revealed otherwise and she later admitted that she was ‘gassy’. Can gas really cause so much pain? City doctors say it does. Here is more about the problem… Can gas be so painful? Dr Amit Saraf, consultant internal medicine, says, “Gas can build up to an extent that it causes severe pain.

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Decaffeinated Coffee & Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Decaffeinated coffee still contains about 5 milligrams of caffeine.

Anti-diarrheal medications. Over-the-counter medications, such as loperamide (Imodium), can help control diarrhea. Eliminating high-gas foods. If you have bothersome bloating or are passing considerable amounts of gas, your doctor may suggest that you avoid such items as carbonated beverages, salads, raw fruits and vegetables especially cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. Anticholinergic medications. Some people need medications that affect certain activities of the autonomic nervous system (anticholinergics) to relieve painful bowel spasms. These may be helpful for people who have bouts of diarrhea, but can worsen constipation. Antidepressant medications. If your symptoms include pain or depression, your doctor may recommend a tricyclic antidepressant or a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). These medications help relieve depression as well as inhibit the activity of neurons that control the intestines. If you have diarrhea and abdominal pain without depression, your doctor may suggest a lower than usual dose of tricyclic antidepressants, such as imipramine (Tofranil) and amitriptyline. Side effects of these drugs include drowsiness and constipation. SSRIs, such as fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem) or paroxetine (Paxil), may be helpful if you’re depressed and have pain and constipation. These medications can worsen diarrhea, however.

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He has a B.A. in English from George Mason University, as well as a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine. Photo Credit Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, it often means that you should forego certain foods and drinks to avoid exacerbating the symptoms. Coffee is one of the drinks professionals commonly recommend to avoid, primarily because of its caffeine content. Drinking decaffeinated coffee may seem like a logical solution, but it, too, can cause a flare-up of IBS symptoms. Knowing why can help you decide if it is worth it to keep decaffeinated coffee in your diet, or avoid coffee, altogether. IBS Facts The cause of irritable bowel syndrome, IBS, is not known, but its symptoms are attributed to the muscle of the large intestine contracting more rapidly or more slowly than normal, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Common symptoms include cramping in the lower abdomen, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation — often alternating between the two. Foods that contain caffeine, such as coffee and chocolate, are often considered “trigger foods,” or foods that commonly exacerbate the symptoms of IBS. Coffee Constituents The main irritant found in coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant that can irritate the lining of the intestinal tract by increasing acid secretion. Other ingredients in coffee beans can also cause the lining of the digestive tract to produce more acid. Previously those constituents were unknown and their effects considered anecdotal, recently, researchers isolated two culprits — catechols and N-alkanoly-5-hydroxytryptamides, which are present only in roasted coffee beans, that steaming remove. Decaffeinated Coffee Decaffeinated coffee is coffee that has 97 percent of the caffeine removed. This means that even decaffeinated coffee can have up to 5 milligrams of caffeine, which can add up, if you drink several cups. The other irritants may still be present, as well, depending on the roasting process used. Adding other common digestive irritants to your coffee — such as milk products or sugar — may further exacerbate IBS symptoms in some sufferers.



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