• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 28s

Habba Syndrome or Irritable Bowl?

By Ivanhoe Newswire 6:19 PM June 18, 2014
NEW YORK –

Forty-five million Americans struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the discomfort it often brings — stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea. But, those patients who have been unable to find relief from traditional treatment may not actually have IBS. Instead, it could be a newly diagnosed digestive condition.

There was a time when Deborah Wilson hated to eat in public.

“I was so afraid of the consequences of eating,” Wilson told Ivanhoe.

Wilson would eat — and run — to the nearest restroom. As a result, she started to waste away. At one point, she hit 98 pounds. Doctors told her it was Irritable Bowel Syndrome. But IBS treatments didn’t work.

“I started getting different tests done, but nobody could figure out what was wrong,” Wilson said.

“We are stuck with a patient that had chronic diarrhea, diagnosed with IBS, that didn’t get any better,” Saad Habba, MD, Gastroenterologist, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, told Ivanhoe.

Habba ordered a nuclear test of Wilson’s gallbladder and discovered the organ wasn’t working.

Habba then prescribed Wilson the same medication taken by patients who have had their gallbladders surgically removed. Wilson takes a pill now before every meal to end sudden diarrhea.

“I’m encouraging all the patients to go back to their physicians and say this: … ‘do more … there is something wrong here. Believe in what I’m telling you … it’s not IBS,’” Habba said.

“I knew I had to find out why so I could get my life back,” Wilson said.

Habba says if you are not getting better using traditional IBS methods, insist the doctor check your gallbladder. Habba wrote about his research in medical journals and now the condition of a malfunctioning gallbladder is known as Habba Syndrome.

Latest Stories

  • News

    2 survive plane crash between villages in Southwest Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 7:57

    Two people in a small airplane survived a crash between southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night. Investigators say the airplane left Dillingham on a flight to Port Heiden but landed in Pilot Point because of bad weather. The airplane took off again from […]

  • News

    Anchorage drivers weigh in on proposed red light camera ballot initiative

    by Daniella Rivera on Jan 17, 7:46

    What can be done about red light runners in Anchorage? Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly Dick Traini says it’s a question he frequently hears from constituents. That’s why he and Anchorage Assembly Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson have submitted an ordinance that would let voters decide whether to allow the municipality to use cameras to ticket […]

  • Politics

    Interior nominee Zinke to be questioned on public lands, coal

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 6:54

    Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, an important stance in the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct. But Zinke’s commitment to public lands has come into question recently and is likely to be a point of contention Tuesday as a Senate committee […]

  • News

    Alaska’s population climbing despite net migration loss

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 6:41

    Alaska’s population is climbing despite the fact that more people are moving away from the state than moving in. KTOO-FM reports that according to a Department of Labor report released Thursday, Alaska’s population has grown slightly due to births, though net migration remains down. Net migration – the number of people moving two Alaska minus […]

  • Esteban Santiago ordered held without bond

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 6:37

    Last updated at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport has been ordered held without bond. During a Tuesday morning hearing in Fort Lauderdale, an FBI agent confirmed that the 9 mm gun used in the Jan. 6 shooting rampage […]

  • Sports

    Ryne Olson wins Copper Basin 300

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 16, 21:09

    If you follow trends, this was a no-brainer. In the past two years, Ryne Olson has taken third and second place at the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race. Like a blue chip, which grows slowly and consistently over time, this one found its highest point yet. Now you can call her a Copper Basin 300 champion. […]

  • Politics

    ‘It’s time to pull together’: Alaskans plan to attend Women’s March on Washington

    by Eric Ruble on Jan 16, 19:36

    The final preparations are underway for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Friday. However, a few hundred thousand people are expected to participate in a separate event happening the next day in the nation’s capital. The purpose of the Women’s March on Washington – according to its organizers – is to send a […]

  • News

    Red Cross volunteers install free smoke detectors for MLK Day

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 16, 19:09

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day not only honors the life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader, it also offers opportunities to translate his words into action. On Monday, that sense of volunteerism and community was felt in the South Park Estates trailer park off Arctic Boulevard. A group of about a dozen people with […]