I work with many people to uncover what’s behind their digestive symptoms. You may feel you’ve come to the end of the road after being told to ‘self manage’ your symptoms but today we know a lot more about what contributes to IBS than we did even 12 months ago. It’s important to remember that IBS is a label but it doesn’t tell us what is behind the symptoms.
IBS will be diagnosed by the Rome IV criteria which directly relate to bowel patterns yet goes no further into investigating what could be the cause. The umbrella term of IBS covers many different aspects but seems to fail to take into account the a multitude of factors could be combining to lead to the symptoms.