Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome​

Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Traditionally, diagnosis of IBS itself was a very challenging & time taking for both patients as well as doctors as there are no evidences or tests that directly indicate IBS. IBS was traditionally suspected for patients having symptoms for more than 2 months without any relief. The conventional methods include physical evaluation, tests & scans to rule out other conditions etc.

Today, IBS is one of the most common functional GI disorders globally due to which diagnosis of IBS does not take as much time as it used to take a decade ago. We have patients who have told us during their first interaction with us that it took them close to 2 years to get to the accurate diagnosis due to the uncertainties in the symptoms of IBS and the time that it took for them to rule out other possible conditions.

With our expertise for number of years treating IBS patients, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Our goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how IBS is diagnosed globally and help you navigate through our diagnostic process. While there is no specific test for IBS till date, our experienced IBS experts follow a systematic approach to reach an accurate diagnosis and create an individualized treatment plan for you. Because we mostly operate in an online mode of treatment & a very limited patients visit us for physical evaluation, it is important that we give the information as to how it is conventionally done:

1. Initial Consultation and Medical History:

During your first consultation with IBS Clinic, our doctors will conduct an in-depth consultation to gather your medical history. We will discuss your symptoms, including abdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, and associated discomfort. Your medical history, family history, and any previous gastrointestinal conditions will be assessed to better understand your unique situation.

2. Rome Criteria:

At the IBS Clinic, we employ the widely recognized Rome criteria for diagnosing functional gastrointestinal disorders, including IBS. These criteria require the presence of abdominal pain or discomfort for at least three days per month over the past three months, along with two or more of the following:

– Improvement in pain or discomfort with defecation

– Onset of pain or discomfort associated with a change in bowel frequency

– Onset of pain or discomfort associated with a change in stool form or appearance

3. Symptom Evaluation:

To gain a comprehensive understanding of your symptoms, we may request that you maintain a symptom diary or utilize a validated questionnaire. This will help us track the frequency, severity, and triggers of your symptoms over a specific period. Your active participation in this process enables us to gather crucial information for an accurate diagnosis and tailor your treatment plan accordingly. This also help us compare your symptoms with the later once you have started the treatment as it gives us an insight on your progress.

4. Exclusion of Other Conditions:

While there is no specific test to definitively diagnose IBS, we will carefully exclude other potential underlying causes of your digestive symptoms. Additional tests may be recommended based on your individual situation. Usually the patients we get are mostly those who have had IBS for a very long time and have already done all the necessary tests, but there are few who visit us during the beginning stage and we suggest additional tests only for these patients to get more clarity. These tests may include blood tests to check for inflammation markers or celiac disease, stool tests to rule out infections or malabsorption issues, and imaging studies such as an endoscopy or colonoscopy to visually examine the digestive tract and exclude other conditions.

5. Additional Diagnostic Tests:

In some cases, we may recommend additional diagnostic tests to gain more insight into your symptoms. For example, hydrogen breath testing can help identify lactose intolerance or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Imaging tests like an abdominal ultrasound or CT scan may be used to assess the presence of structural abnormalities or rule out other gastrointestinal conditions.

At the IBS Clinic, we understand the complexities of diagnosing Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Our diagnostic process involves a thorough evaluation of your medical history, symptom assessment, and exclusion of other gastrointestinal conditions. While no single test definitively diagnoses IBS, our experienced doctors work closely with you to reach an accurate diagnosis and create an individualized treatment plan. We are committed to providing personalized care and supporting you in managing your symptoms effectively. Please consult us for a comprehensive evaluation and guidance tailored to your specific needs.

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