How to determine irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and subtypes
DIAGNOSIS OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (SII)
How to know if I have irritable bowel syndrome?
To diagnose a disease it is always necessary to make an assessment and examination by a doctor. Only a doctor can perform all the necessary tests and rule out other diseases or affectations, just in case.
For this, it will be very helpful for the person to pay attention to their symptoms:
When and where the pain, discomfort, heartburn, headache or other symptoms you may have are localized.
Depositional frequency, stool consistency, color, smell, shape.
If in situations of stress, anguish, sadness or depression there is an aggravation or appearance of symptoms
Bowel reaction to food, coffee, alcohol, tobacco.
* In case of constipation, it is not recommended to take strong laxative infusions such as senna, rhubarb, cassia or cascara sagrada because they can distort the symptoms or make them worse. (More information) (Go to the doctor before using remedies).
Test to diagnose irritable bowel
The following test is indicative. It is not valid as a definitive diagnosis since only the symptoms and not other physical tests or necessary medical evaluations are taken into account.
To determine if you have irritable bowel syndrome, you should ask for the opinion and assessment of a doctor, who will also perform other tests to rule out other possible alterations or illnesses, if there are:
Test to determine if there is any digestive disorder that may indicate irritable bowel. When symptoms of this type appear, it is always recommended to go to the doctor for a checkup.
Diagnostic test for irritable bowel types
Once the irritable bowel has been diagnosed (see previous section), the treatment is different depending on the type of irritable bowel. According to the alterations in the depositional habit, the irritable bowel subtypes are classified in:
Alternation between episodes of constipation and diarrhea
The following test is based on the diagnostic criteria for irritable bowel defined in the Rome III criteria document. It serves to establish which of the three different subtypes of irritable bowel can have:
Test to determine subtypes of irritable bowel: constipation, diarrhea or alternation. The treatment depends on the subtype. When symptoms of this type appear, you should go to the doctor.
More information on irritable colon and its natural treatment.