Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common and debilitating condition which significantly affects the persons quality of life. IBS is characterised by a group of intestinal symptoms that typically occur together. The symptoms vary in severity and duration from person to person. However, they last at least three months for at least three days per month.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
What are the signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Some of the symptoms of food intolerance a may include:
Abdominal pain and/or discomfort relived by a bowel movement
Abnormal stool frequency
Abnormal stool form
Mucous in the stool
Bloating, cramping, gas
Straining during a bowel movement
Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
Changes in bowel habits
Diarrhoea or constipation, or both alternately
Need for bowel movement immediately on waking or after eating
What are the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
The exact cause of IBS isn't known. Factors that appear to play a role include:
Severe gastrointestinal infections e.g. gastroenteritis, parasite, virus
Recurring psychological & emotional stress
Changes in gut microbes
Altered nervous system
How do I know if I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
No single test is enough for a diagnosis of IBS. However, useful tests your doctor/practitioner might recommend include:
GI Mapping stool test
Allergy panel (blood) IgA and/or IgG