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  4. An investigation into the gastrointestinal complication relief properties of propolis supplementation on adult aged individuals that suffer from Rome IV diagnosed constipation related bowel/abdominal complications: an international study Dear participants of this forum, My name is Andrew Haffelder, I am a Dietetic Intern pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Saint Joseph located in Connecticut, USA. You are invited to participate in a brief online survey regarding propolis supplementation and its effect on bowel/abdominal complications. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. The survey is comprised of three sections. The first section utilizes multiple-choice/short answer questions to gather anthropometric, demographic, health related, and propolis related data. The second section contains a modified version of the Patient Health Questionnaire – 9 (PHQ-9) form which consists of all multiple-choice questions and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your mental health. The third section contains a modified version of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Quality of Life Measure (IBS-QOL) form which consists of all multiple-choice answers and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your outlook on life. The survey in total takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Eligibility: To be eligible for this survey you must first classify under Rome IV criteria for any of the following diagnosis: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Subtypes: Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Constipation (IBS-C) Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Mixed (IBS-M) Functional Constipation Functional Abdominal Bloating/Distension Opioid-Induced Constipation Centrally Mediated Abdominal Pain Syndrome Narcotic Bowel Syndrome/Opioid-induced GI Hyperalgesia *To see if you qualify for any of the above complications, follow this link to the Rome IV Foundation’s website to view the requirements: https://theromefoundation.org/rome-iv/rome-iv-criteria/ **Above listed diagnoses are found under sections “C. Bowel Disorders” and “D. Centrally Mediated Disorders of GI Pain”. Have consumed a form of Propolis supplementation at least once in your lifetime. Not allergic to bees or bee products. Above the age of 18. Do not have a history of a major GI surgery (ex. Billroth's operation, having an ostomy, any resection of any part of the digestive tract). Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. This research tests a relatively new idea in the field of bowel/abdominal complication treatment which is why your participation in this survey could be the deciding factor that solidifies Propolis use as a treatment option for said complications. Your participation and input are extremely valuable, however, whether you decide now, or halfway through the survey, that you would not like to participate, this will not negatively impact your future relations with the University of Saint Joseph in any way. There will be no negative consequences if you decide to withdraw from the study. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Andrew Haffelder (920-723-610; AHaffelder@usj.edu) and/or Kaneen Gomez-Hixson (860-231-5507; kgomezhixson@usj.edu) Thank you so very much for your time! Remember you are making a difference. Below is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VNTBVHR
  5. An investigation into the gastrointestinal complication relief properties of propolis supplementation on adult aged individuals that suffer from Rome IV diagnosed constipation related bowel/abdominal complications: an international study Dear participants of this forum, My name is Andrew Haffelder, I am a Dietetic Intern pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Saint Joseph located in Connecticut, USA. You are invited to participate in a brief online survey regarding propolis supplementation and its effect on bowel/abdominal complications. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. The survey is comprised of three sections. The first section utilizes multiple-choice/short answer questions to gather anthropometric, demographic, health related, and propolis related data. The second section contains a modified version of the Patient Health Questionnaire – 9 (PHQ-9) form which consists of all multiple-choice questions and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your mental health. The third section contains a modified version of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Quality of Life Measure (IBS-QOL) form which consists of all multiple-choice answers and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your outlook on life. The survey in total takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Eligibility: To be eligible for this survey you must first classify under Rome IV criteria for any of the following diagnosis: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Subtypes: Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Constipation (IBS-C) Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Mixed (IBS-M) Functional Constipation Functional Abdominal Bloating/Distension Opioid-Induced Constipation Centrally Mediated Abdominal Pain Syndrome Narcotic Bowel Syndrome/Opioid-induced GI Hyperalgesia *To see if you qualify for any of the above complications, follow this link to the Rome IV Foundation’s website to view the requirements: https://theromefoundation.org/rome-iv/rome-iv-criteria/ **Above listed diagnoses are found under sections “C. Bowel Disorders” and “D. Centrally Mediated Disorders of GI Pain”. Have consumed a form of Propolis supplementation at least once in your lifetime. Not allergic to bees or bee products. Above the age of 18. Do not have a history of a major GI surgery (ex. Billroth's operation, having an ostomy, any resection of any part of the digestive tract). Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. This research tests a relatively new idea in the field of bowel/abdominal complication treatment which is why your participation in this survey could be the deciding factor that solidifies Propolis use as a treatment option for said complications. Your participation and input are extremely valuable, however, whether you decide now, or halfway through the survey, that you would not like to participate, this will not negatively impact your future relations with the University of Saint Joseph in any way. There will be no negative consequences if you decide to withdraw from the study. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Andrew Haffelder (920-723-610; AHaffelder@usj.edu) and/or Kaneen Gomez-Hixson (860-231-5507; kgomezhixson@usj.edu) Thank you so very much for your time! Remember you are making a difference. Below is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VNTBVHR
  6. An investigation into the gastrointestinal complication relief properties of propolis supplementation on adult aged individuals that suffer from Rome IV diagnosed constipation related bowel/abdominal complications: an international study Dear participants of this forum, My name is Andrew Haffelder, I am a Dietetic Intern pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Saint Joseph located in Connecticut, USA. You are invited to participate in a brief online survey regarding propolis supplementation and its effect on bowel/abdominal complications. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. The survey is comprised of three sections. The first section utilizes multiple-choice/short answer questions to gather anthropometric, demographic, health related, and propolis related data. The second section contains a modified version of the Patient Health Questionnaire – 9 (PHQ-9) form which consists of all multiple-choice questions and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your mental health. The third section contains a modified version of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Quality of Life Measure (IBS-QOL) form which consists of all multiple-choice answers and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your outlook on life. The survey in total takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Eligibility: To be eligible for this survey you must first classify under Rome IV criteria for any of the following diagnosis: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Subtypes: Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Constipation (IBS-C) Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Mixed (IBS-M) Functional Constipation Functional Abdominal Bloating/Distension Opioid-Induced Constipation Centrally Mediated Abdominal Pain Syndrome Narcotic Bowel Syndrome/Opioid-induced GI Hyperalgesia *To see if you qualify for any of the above complications, follow this link to the Rome IV Foundation’s website to view the requirements: https://theromefoundation.org/rome-iv/rome-iv-criteria/ **Above listed diagnoses are found under sections “C. Bowel Disorders” and “D. Centrally Mediated Disorders of GI Pain”. Have consumed a form of Propolis supplementation at least once in your lifetime. Not allergic to bees or bee products. Above the age of 18. Do not have a history of a major GI surgery (ex. Billroth's operation, having an ostomy, any resection of any part of the digestive tract). Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. This research tests a relatively new idea in the field of bowel/abdominal complication treatment which is why your participation in this survey could be the deciding factor that solidifies Propolis use as a treatment option for said complications. Your participation and input are extremely valuable, however, whether you decide now, or halfway through the survey, that you would not like to participate, this will not negatively impact your future relations with the University of Saint Joseph in any way. There will be no negative consequences if you decide to withdraw from the study. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Andrew Haffelder (920-723-610; AHaffelder@usj.edu) and/or Kaneen Gomez-Hixson (860-231-5507; kgomezhixson@usj.edu) Thank you so very much for your time! Remember you are making a difference. Below is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VNTBVHR
  7. HI Clarke, Are you constipated as well being bloated, having abdominal pain and gas?
  8. An investigation into the gastrointestinal complication relief properties of propolis supplementation on adult aged individuals that suffer from Rome IV diagnosed constipation related bowel/abdominal complications: an international study Dear participants of this forum, My name is Andrew Haffelder, I am a Dietetic Intern pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Saint Joseph located in Connecticut, USA. You are invited to participate in a brief online survey regarding propolis supplementation and its effect on bowel/abdominal complications. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. The survey is comprised of three sections. The first section utilizes multiple-choice/short answer questions to gather anthropometric, demographic, health related, and propolis related data. The second section contains a modified version of the Patient Health Questionnaire – 9 (PHQ-9) form which consists of all multiple-choice questions and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your mental health. The third section contains a modified version of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome-Quality of Life Measure (IBS-QOL) form which consists of all multiple-choice answers and is included to understand the impact bowel/abdominal complications have on your outlook on life. The survey in total takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Eligibility: To be eligible for this survey you must first classify under Rome IV criteria for any of the following diagnosis: Irritable Bowel Syndrome Subtypes: Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Constipation (IBS-C) Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Mixed (IBS-M) Functional Constipation Functional Abdominal Bloating/Distension Opioid-Induced Constipation Centrally Mediated Abdominal Pain Syndrome Narcotic Bowel Syndrome/Opioid-induced GI Hyperalgesia *To see if you qualify for any of the above complications, follow this link to the Rome IV Foundation’s website to view the requirements: https://theromefoundation.org/rome-iv/rome-iv-criteria/ **Above listed diagnoses are found under sections “C. Bowel Disorders” and “D. Centrally Mediated Disorders of GI Pain”. Have consumed a form of Propolis supplementation at least once in your lifetime. Not allergic to bees or bee products. Above the age of 18. Do not have a history of a major GI surgery (ex. Billroth's operation, having an ostomy, any resection of any part of the digestive tract). Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding. This research tests a relatively new idea in the field of bowel/abdominal complication treatment which is why your participation in this survey could be the deciding factor that solidifies Propolis use as a treatment option for said complications. Your participation and input are extremely valuable, however, whether you decide now, or halfway through the survey, that you would not like to participate, this will not negatively impact your future relations with the University of Saint Joseph in any way. There will be no negative consequences if you decide to withdraw from the study. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Andrew Haffelder (920-723-610; AHaffelder@usj.edu) and/or Kaneen Gomez-Hixson (860-231-5507; kgomezhixson@usj.edu) Thank you so very much for your time! Remember you are making a difference. Below is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VNTBVHR
  9. AIMS Microbiol. 2022 Nov 22;8(4):454-469. doi: 10.3934/microbiol.2022030. eCollection 2022. ABSTRACT Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common and disabling condition in children. The pathophysiology of IBS is thought to be multifactorial but remains incompletely understood. There is growing evidence implicating the gut microbiome in IBS. Intestinal dysbiosis has been demonstrated in paediatric IBS cohorts; however, no uniform or consistent pattern has been identified. The exact mechanisms by which this dysbiosis contributes to IBS symptoms remain unknown. Available evidence suggests the imbalance produces a functional dysbiosis, with altered production of gases and metabolites that interact with the intestinal wall to cause symptoms, and enrichment or depletion of certain metabolic pathways. Additional hypothesised mechanisms include increased intestinal permeability, visceral hypersensitivity and altered gastrointestinal motility; however, these remain speculative in paediatric patients, with studies limited to animal models and adult populations. Interaction between dietary components and intestinal microbiota, particularly with fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs), has drawn increasing attention. FODMAPs have been found to trigger and worsen IBS symptoms. This is thought to be related to products of their fermentation by a dysbiotic microbial population, although this remains to be proven. A low-FODMAP diet has shown promising success in ameliorating symptoms in some but not all patients. There remains much to be discovered about the role of the dysbiotic microbiome in paediatric IBS. PMID:36694592 | PMC:PMC9834077 | DOI:10.3934/microbiol.2022030 View the full article
  10. Jeffrey Roberts

    Bile acid malabsorption (BAM)

    Gastroenterologists generally know that they should rule this out before a diagnosis of IBS, but it seems unless you bring it up they often don't investigate this. There is a diagnostic test called a SeHCAT test which could be used to rule it out. Sadly, I've never heard anyone that has had that.
  11. Thanks Jeff! It is amazing so many doctors have no idea how to treat this.
  12. Jeffrey Roberts

    Bile acid malabsorption (BAM)

    Hi and welcome, Sorry that you have to deal with Bile Acid Diarrhea after having your gallbladder removed. Welchol, Cholestyramine (Questran) and Colestid are really the only treatments that I have heard of.
  13. Hello Group, I found most of my diarrhea is due to not having a gall bladder. Some people get along fine after gall bladder surgery, and some do not. I am one of the ones who does not. the problem is called Bile Acid Malabsorption (BAM). The solution is a drug for cholesterol called Welchol. The use of Welchol for BAM is an off-label use, but many doctors who are familiar with this problem will prescribe it. Got another solution for BAM? Be glad to hear it. MisterT
  14. Vibrating-Capsule-for-Chronic-Constipation-Additional-Findings ... Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News Vibrating Capsule for Chronic Constipation: Additional Findings Show Benefit CHARLOTTE, N.C.— New analyses of a study of a vibrating capsule for chronic constipation show that adherence to the device is associated with high efficacy and that it has a positive effect even in the most severe cases. “What you see is that compliance does matter,” said Eamonn M. Quigley, MD, the David M. Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders in the Department of Medicine at the Houston Methodist Academic Institute and director of the Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders at Houston Methodist. “Patients with chronic idiopathic constipation who had more than 80% adherence to capsule dosing frequency had a dramatic difference in response.” View the full article
  15. Tuesday Night IBS presents another webinar. On February 15, 2023 from 7:00pm-8:00pm ET the topic will be IBD & IBS: Bridging the Overlap of Illness. Hear from the experts about the overlap of IBD and IBS, proper management options and the patient perspective when living with these overlapping GI conditions. Join experts Katie Dunleavy, MD, TIffany Taft, PsyD, Kate Scarlata, RD MPH and Tina Aswani Omprkash as we explore the overlap of IBS and IBS, clinical management options including diet considerations and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with the Mahana IBS digital therapeutic, and hear from patient advocate Tina Aswani Okanprash on patient considerations that improve QoL. Tuesday Night IBS webinars are geared towards patients and providers. We would like to thank Mahana Therapeutics for their support in helping to make this month's webinar possible. Registration is now OPEN!! Click below to register for this FREE webinar. >> https://tinyurl.com/IBDandIBS
  16. I'm not sure I phrased that very well. Miralax is perfectly safe and is not being discontinued. Some doctor's were prescribing miralax with an actual prescription that was being filled by a pharmacist. The FDA ruled that it does not need to be dispensed by a pharmacist. Rather, patients can purchase it over-the-counter.
  17. NicoleMG

    Any advice please

    Hello DJH can you tell me the magnesium dosage that you are taking?
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  19. Heliyon. 2022 Dec 30;9(1):e12751. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e12751. eCollection 2023 Jan. ABSTRACT The association between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and psychiatric and mood disorders may be more fundamental than was previously believed. Prenatal, perinatal, postnatal, and early-age conditions can have a key role in the development of IBS. Subthreshold mental disorders (SMDs) could also be a significant source of countless diverse diseases and may be a cause of IBS development. We hypothesize that stress-induced implicit memories may persist throughout life by epigenetic processes in the enteric nervous system (ENS). These stress-induced implicit memories may play an essential role in the emergence and maintenance of IBS. In recent decades, numerous studies have proven that hypnosis can improve the primary symptoms of IBS and also reduce noncolonic symptoms such as anxiety and depression and improve quality of life and cognitive function. These significant beneficial effects of hypnosis on IBS may be because hypnosis allows access to unconscious brain processes. PMID:36685398 | PMC:PMC9849985 | DOI:10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e12751 View the full article
  20. Front Pharmacol. 2023 Jan 6;13:1044542. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2022.1044542. eCollection 2022. ABSTRACT Introduction: In addition to lipid-lowering effects, statins might modulate the gut microbiome and alleviate systematic inflammation, which in turn, may have a protective effect against irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The aim of our study was to evaluate the gender-specific association between statin exposure and the risk of IBS. Method: We undertook a prospective analysis based on the United Kingdom Biobank, a large ongoing cohort including 477,293 participants aged 37-73 years. We included participants based on information on their personal statin use and also those free of IBS and cancer at the baseline. We evaluated the gender-specific hazard ratio (HR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) with Cox proportional hazards regression, adjusting for demographic factors, lifestyle factors, comorbidities, and statin indications. Result: A total of 438,805 participants (206,499 males and 232,306 females) were included in the analysis. Among male participants, the regular use of statins was associated with a decreased risk of IBS (HR: 0.77; 95% CI: 0.61-0.97). This association persists across multiple sensitivity and subgroup analyses and did not show clear evidence of variance among the major types of statins. We did not find sufficient evidence of the association between the statin use and IBS risk in females (HR: 0.98; 95% CI: 0.82-1.16). Conclusion: Our study found that the regular use of statins was associated with a decreased risk of IBS in male participants. Further studies are required to confirm the beneficial effect of statins. PMID:36686671 | PMC:PMC9853052 | DOI:10.3389/fphar.2022.1044542 View the full article
  21. Gosh do you feel it is safe? My dr has never said anything g about discontinuing it. I wonder what long term use will affect us.
  22. Hi Tony916, I relate to your description about feeling out of control and then anxious, and then ...IBS hits! Took me a while to figure out what was going on with the panic/anxiety I feel when I fly, sit in a concert, dentist chair [as you say, any situation where you can't just get up and walk out.] During CBT for the flying phobia, the word Claustrophia came up. It's a big part of the trapped feeling, for me. CBT actually helped me be able to get on a plane, but at least as important, it stopped the months of anticipatory anxiety that went on before a trip, which kept me in a moderate state of IBS until I got on the plane. By then I was weak with having dealt with the anxiety and IBS symptoms. I'm also going to look at the Hypnotherapy app that Jeffrey mentions. Breathing techniques and meditation - any kind - might help in the moment as well. Good luck.
  23. There has been an explosion of Digital Therapeutics for treating IBS over the last several years. We want to make sure that someone who is using a digital treatment or tool has a place to go to discuss their experience and/or ask questions. We've created the new forum called IBS Digital Therapeutics. A current list of digital therapeutics for IBS is listed here.
  24. I have never read that miralax was bring removed from the market. There was a ruling from the FDA a number of years ago, that the active ingredient in miralax, polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG 3350), should not be prescribed as the dispensed medication is the same as the over-the-counter product. That's all that I am aware of.
  25. I also take miralax. Has anyone heard they are taking it off the market and why? I have CIC and need help on a daily basis. No prescription drugs have helped.
  26. Yes my dr recommended this test. I know my body. It is not that and I’m not doing the test. I’m taking magnesium and miralax currently and it is helping.
  27. Yes. Sounds like me. This pain is pure constipation but is building up. I have tried 4 prescription meds but non have worked I finally went to a pharmacy that compounds their meds. They told me to take magnesium and miralax. I doubled the magnesium for a few days. It works. Right now that’s what I’m doing. My dr wanted to run a balloon test in my rectum , saying it was nerve damage from childbirth. I said No Way! I’ve also found eating cole slaw everyday with an apple, raisins and extra carrots in it helps too. Please send info in what helps you. Once you get your bowels moving, the pain will go away.
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