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How do you diagnose ibs (irritable bowel syndrome)?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress may be a factor. Rome 3 diagnostic criteria must 1st rule out inflammation, ischemia, & infection. See doc.
Dr. Mila McManus
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Rule out other cause: Ibs is mostly a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that a full work up reveals nothing, and the patient is treated symptomatically. I find that majority of ibs cases are du to overgrowth of yeast or other opportunistic bugs in the GI tract, in conjunction with food sensitivities. Start with adding a probiotic and eliminating grains and dairy products, as these are the most common food sensitiviities.
Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
Clinical picture: Ibs can be diagnosed with the right clinical picture / symptoms with lack of alarm features (anemia, bleeding, wt loss, etc.). Diagnostic symptoms - and pain in the setting of altered bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation) over a several month period.

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How are inflammatory bowel and irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

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What can be done to diagnose IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

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Rome criteria: Endoscopy is important to rule out a different reason for your problems, but not necessary to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. The duration of symptoms , the pattern of pain and the association of discomfort with bowel movements can be used to see if they are compaible with a predefined rome iii criteria which can make a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.
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What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (ibs)?

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Dr. Vineet Choudhry
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Pain, diarrhea: The most common symptoms of ibs include diffuse crampy abdominal pain, and constipation or diarrhea or both. There are certain varieties of ibs that can either be pain predominant, contipation predominant, or diarrhea predominant. However, it can certainly be a mix of all these symptoms.
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How is irritable bowel syndrome diagnosed?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
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Irritable bowel synd: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is relatively benign compared to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBS is diagnosed clinically based upon Rome or Manning criteria (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20024578). Depending upon age & other risk factors, some invasive testing eg colonoscopy may be performed but often diagnosis made clinical
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How to know if I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

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What symptoms ?: You are young, but I have to know wehat symptoms do you have. The best thing to do is to start by seeing your pcp.

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