IBS Specialist. Manchester, Cheshire and Online
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a label.
But it doesn’t tell us what is causing the symptoms.
Address the underlying issue and take back control of your gut health.
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What is IBS?
IBS isn’t a condition like diabetes or heart disease. In those conditions, there is a clear understanding of how they develop and how to test for them.
In IBS things are less clear. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is diagnosed on symptoms alone. So the presence of:
- altered stool patterns (constipation or diarrhoea)
may help to diagnose IBS, but they don’t help us to understand why you may be experiencing them.
The cause of these symptoms (the ‘why‘) can be different for each individual, so understanding and investigating the issues you’ve been facing can be essential.
Causes of IBS
The multiple factors that contribute to IBS have recently been explored in a peer reviewed article entitled “Does Irritable Bowel Syndrome Exist? Identifiable and Treatable Causes of Associated Symptoms Suggest It May Not”.
This title is not suggesting that IBS is made up in your head.
The article in fact focuses on discussing that there are many underlying issues that can contribute to the digestive system being sent out of balance.
It’s this disruption that is leading to your symptoms.
By identifying which underlying factors are most relevant to you and addressing them that we work towards bringing about lasting change.
The underlying causes of IBS fall into 3 categories
(eg. gut bacteria imbalances, infections)
(eg. vitamin deficiencies, food sensitivities)
Lifestyle & Environment
(eg. stress, poor sleep)
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Treatment and Therapy
Rather than living on a restricted diet forever, there is another way. By identifying and addressing the underlying issue we can bring about lasting change.
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Frequently Asked IBS Questions
IBS is diagnosed on symptoms alone and is based on the following criteria.
Recurrent abdominal pain, on average, at least 1 day/week in the last 3 months, associated with two or more of the following criteria:
- Related to defecation
- Associated with a change in frequency of stool
- Associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool.
It can be helpful to view IBS not as a disease, but as a sign that there’s an imbalance in the digestive system. This may be an imbalance in the beneficial bacteria, inflammatory processes or even food intolerances.
To resolve IBS and live symptom-free, the underlying issues needs to be identified and addressed.
IBS is an overarching umbrella term that describes someone’s symptoms. Within this, there are 3 subtypes of IBS. IBS with diarrhoea, IBS with constipation and IBS with a mix between the 2.
Even though these subtypes give a clearer indication of someone’s symptoms, they go no further to inform us what the underlying issue is.
Are tests available for IBS?
Several tests are available to investigate imbalances in the digestive tract.
These imbalances may lead to the symptoms we commonly see in IBS.
Can I speak with you before booking a consultation?
I always like to speak with people before booking a consultation. This can help me understand your symptoms and to make sure this is the right approach for you.