How is IBS Diagnosed
How is IBS Diagnosed - this can either be determined by a qualified physician or the three month diagnosis system.
Criteria of Diagnosis
The three month diagnosis system follows a criteria of symptoms that you have experienced in the last three months. So if you have either predominant diarrhea or constipation or an alternation of the two for the last three months, chances are high that you have IBS.
Now this is not a definite sign that IBS is present. There are other conditions and ailments that can cause this to happen. So the most solid method to determine if you have IBS, is to talk to a qualified physician in your area.
The physician will conduct a series of test based on the symptoms that you are experiencing. This can include some laboratory blood work and urine samples. Barium enema and x-rays may also be requested by your doctor to be performed in order to provide a more comprehensive test.
From the test results and the symptoms that are present, the doctor can then conclude by the system of elimination, that you do not have any other ailments contributing to your symptoms, hence the conclusion of IBS.
IBS means Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which simply states that your bowels are irritable by some cause not known by traditional doctors. They simply know that stress can cause your symptoms to escalate.
Self-diagnosis using the three month diagnosis system is possible, however it is always better to consult with a qualified physician to ensure that an accurate diagnosis has been attained.
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