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IBS and Nausea

Dr Stephen Wangen
July 2, 2024

Although nausea is not usually considered a part of irritable bowel syndrome, having both nausea and IBS at the same time is quite common. I’ll discuss why that is and how solving one can help solve the other.

We’ve been helping people with IBS since 2005, and over those many years we’ve noticed that a lot of our patients describe having nausea along with their IBS.

Nausea and IBS are not really as different as you might think. In fact, they are very similar. Nausea of course affects the stomach, and IBS is usually focused on either the small intestine or the large intestine (also known as the colon).

IBS usually includes one or more of the following symptoms: abdominal pain or cramping (which can be anywhere in the abdomen, including from the stomach to the rectum), diarrhea, constipation, gas, or bloating. And when you boil all of this down to its simplest form, what it means is that your digestive system is unhappy and not in a healthy state.

And when you boil nausea down to its simplest terms, it also means that your digestive system is not feeling well. But IBS tends to be thought of as a lower digestive tract issue, and nausea as an upper digestive tract issue. However, they aren’t really all that different.

And in our experience, there is almost always a ton overlap between the two when trying to get better. We know that because when we’ve seen them both occurring in the same patient, we’ve typically found that when we help people with their IBS, their nausea also gets better.

And that’s great news, because it’s basically a two for one deal if you find and address the cause of the problem. If you only treat the symptoms, then you probably won’t see them both get better together, because they are different symptoms. But if you find the cause of your digestive system’s distress, then your entire digestive system, not just your upper or lower digestive tract, will heal up and thank you.

So if you need help with IBS and nausea, give us a call today at the IBS Treatment Center. We work with people all over the US and the world, and we’d love to help you too.

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