Doc Talk #67 – Irritable Bowel Syndrome



(Picture is of Irritable Bowels Plushie from the unparalled Awkward Yeti store)


We talked about the digestive system ‘the second brain’ and what happens when things go wrong in the form of irritable bowel syndrome.

It is common, perhaps 20% of people have some degree of irritable bowel syndrome.

Bloating, diarrhoea/constipation and abdominal discomfort can represent this disorder.

We talked about diagnostic criteria, including the Rome criteria for irritable bowel syndrome. Importantly we also discussed when your symptoms are NOT likely to be IBS and may indicate a more serious disease (such as bowel cancer, or celiac disease).

D: So you’ve been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, where do we go from there?

J: I guess the drug store?

D: No!!!!

We talked about some practical measures to manage irritable bowel syndrome, including a traditional IBS diet and a low FODMAP diet.

Input from a dietician can be extremely helpful in managing irritable bowel syndrome.

As ever, lifestyle measures are vitally important. Physical activity and dietary modification can be extremely helpful. Allergy testing and probiotics are probably not so useful for most people.