What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Your IBS Diagnosis
Being sick is the worst.
Having gastrointestinal symptoms daily is not only embarrassing, but it’s also inconvenient.
You just want to know what’s wrong so you can figure out how to fix it. And, honestly, that’s not too much to ask.
So you go to the doctor and embarrassedly state the problems you’ve been experiencing: bloating, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation, and abdominal cramping/pains.
These are common symptoms of many different conditions.
Your doctor decides to send you for several different tests. Most of them are to rule out terrible diseases like cancer and autoimmune disorders — only adding to your mounting anxiety caused by your health issues.
Once you get all of the results back that you don’t have any of these problems, you’re told that your group of symptoms is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
You’re sent on your way with dietary restrictions, sometimes an antidepressant, or over the counter drugs to manage symptoms.
Covering up the symptoms won’t help stop your misery. And that isn’t fair to you.
The Problem with Being Diagnosed with IBS
The problem with being diagnosed with IBS is that it’s a syndrome.
Syndrome means that they basically grouped together your symptoms and slapped a label on them because they didn’t have enough evidence to call it any other disease or condition.