Your 5 Essential Symptoms to Diagnose IBS

Some doctors still hold a prejudges against diagnosing IBS

So, you have done all the research, you have suffered for long enough. You are convinced that your chronic indigestion is being caused by irritable bowel syndrome and that it is time for you to go and see a doctor. Here I need to sound a quiet word of warning. Some doctors, quite a few in fact, have a prejudge against this diagnosis. They don't like the concept of IBS for these reasons:

  1. The majority of people with IBS are women who may be also suffering from anxiety and stress. Therefore, irritable bowel syndrome is a self induced hysterical illness. I know that that is NOT the case but you need to know about these medical ‘attitudes’ towards your illness.
  2. With Irritable Bowel Syndrome there is nothing to measure, see or feel. There are no blood tests, no x-rays, so scans or scopes that will confirm the diagnosis. Therefore, in some doctor’s minds, this confirms that it is a “psychosomatic” illness. That it is all in your head in other words.

What are the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

The symptoms of IBS are:

  1. Recurring changes in bowel habit that can’t be explained. Most often this is recurring diarrhoea but this can be alternated with bouts of constipation.
  2. Crampy abdominal pains.
  3. Feeling of bloating with belching.
  4. Urgency in getting to the toilet to have a bowel movement — morning rush.
  5. Loss of apatite, weight loss, weakness and malaise.

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