Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Excessive Mast Cells? Research Summary

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Excessive Mast Cells? Research Summary

by Theresa Nichols Schuster
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Excessive Mast Cells? Research Summary 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
However not very straightforwsrd for the lay reader. One good point: This short read provided sufferers some measure of validation. It is true, and certainly was in my case, that I went to the doctor for my symptoms and was told what might be causing them, and given NSAIDS, but never told what to do, because frankly, most average practitioners simply do not know. When you first go in, a GP may tell you you caught a bug, cannot tolerate dairy, or are suffering due to hormonal problems. These people are often not schooled on research, so when sufferers, primarily women, make repeated trips having seen 0 improvement, the doctor chalks it up to stress and/or mental health issues and either puts the patient on antidepressants or refers them for useless therapy just to shut them up and to avoid having to admit they don't know. To make matters worse, often, doctors fail to refer patents to the appropriate specialist seeing it as unnecessary, when if they did this sooner, it might spare sufferer long term pain, social isolstion, and discomfort. If you follow the logic of this book, IBS, according to current research, may be caused by excessive amounts of MAST cells, and that the only way to confirm this IS referral to a gastrointestinal specialist who can test for this. Once a test confirms the presence of these MAST cells there are several surprizing treatments that can be utilized, including antihistimines, which can lessen IBS symptoms or even put them into a remissive state. Yet, because most doctors do not have this info, their patients continue to suffer, often in silence and shame.