Are there tests for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Currently, IBS is usually diagnosed by the process of elimination that rule out other GI conditions through colonoscopy, endoscopy and celiac blood tests and biopsies.
However, work done by Dr. Pimentel is working towards developing a test to diagnose IBS and share additional information on this health condition. Pimentel Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai
IBS is a chronic condition. Symptoms include stomach cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation. Some people have cycles of diarrhea and constipation.
Although people with IBS are individual and don’t fit nicely into three tidy categories but here is how it is often categorized:
D stands for diarrhea predominate IBS. Some people have difficulty making it on time to go to the bathroom but many of these people often find relief with the low fodmap diet.
C refers to the constipation type of IBS. People who have this often have a lot of bloating and pain. They may be less likely to find relief from the low fodmap diet but many do. And there are a lot of tools left to help also.
M is mixed which means the person also cycles between diarrhea and constipation. It is almost a combo of the two types above.
The exact cause of IBS has really been determined and people may have different things that trigger it. However, scientists have found some possible reasons:
The good news is that IBS has not been found to damage bowel tissue or put us at a higher risk for colorectal cancer.
Triggers for IBS can come from food and stress. A low fodmap diet and gut focused hypnotherapy can help almost 80% of people with IBS. We will talk more about gut focused hypnotherapy in an upcoming lesson.
To find a dietitian who works with the low fodmap diet check out FODMAP Dietitians Directory – Monash Fodmap
IBS affects quality of life and it can contribute to increased medical costs and job performance. Most of the people who have this health condition are women and our hormones may affect it also. This health condition has been near and dear to my heart because I have suffered from symptoms all my life but did not know that I had it.
Here are some additional information on IBS: