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Understanding IBS

November 1,2018

What is IBS?

IBS is a chronic functional condition. This means that the bowel looks normal, but doesn’t function normally. For this reason, there is no blood test or diagnostic procedure that can identify it and in most cases a diagnosis is made based on whether you have typical symptoms or using the ROME IV criteria.

There are many conditions which cause similar symptoms to IBS, including Coeliac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Colitis) and even some cancers. It is essential to rule these out and investigate any “red flags” before exploring dietary modifications.

Once your doctor has determined that you do not have a medical condition that requires treatment, the next step is to be assessed by a dietitian. An experienced dietitian will assess your diet, your symptoms and your lifestyle to determine the best therapeutic diet to treat your symptoms. He or she will guide you through pinpointing specific trigger foods, implementing any dietary changes, and will ensure your diet remains balanced through out the process