Thursday, January 31, 2008

Allergies Linked to IBS

One of the things that I likely have but have never been officially diagnosed with is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

There is now a study out that shows a link between allergies and IBS.

This makes perfect sense to me in so many inexplicable ways. And it's just one more thing to show that there's a connection here. Remember that song that goes "the hip bone's connected to the leg bone..." etc? I feel a chorus of that coming on.

This also plays into my Inflammation Theory. The theory, without anything other than my personal experience, is that I believe people with the issues that I have are more suceptible to inflammation from one source or another. Some are more sensitive to insulin, some are more sensitive to allergens. Some are sensitive to both. Regardless, this oversensitivity leads to chronic problems that are both caused by and exacerbated by inflammation from whatever the source was in the first place. Thus, I believe the first step in treating any of these things is finding the trigger item and eliminating it while working on other treatment options. It's not possible to do that in all situations, but limiting contact or finding ways to de-sensitize is the key.