Don’t self-diagnose! – the symptoms of IBS

C bullets 12 washed out red swirls aa-img023_crMight you have IBS?

This page explains the symptoms which may lead a doctor to a diagnosis of IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome).

If you have any upset in your bowel function, it is essential that you visit your GP. A diagnosis of IBS is made by eliminating other conditions, some of which are serious ones. No hypnotherapist will help a patient without a clear and definite diagnosis of IBS from your GP. Do not self diagnose.

That said, here are the so-called “Rome criteria” for a possible diagnosis of IBS.

You may have IBS if for any 12 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in the previous 12 months, you had abdominal discomfort or pain that had two out of three of these features:

  • Relieved with defecation; and/or
  • Onset associated with a change in frequency of stool; and/or
  • Onset associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool.

Additional symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

  • A) Fewer than three bowel movements a week
  • B) More than three bowel movements a day
  • C) Hard or lumpy stools
  • D) Loose (mushy) or watery stools
  • E) Straining during a bowel movement
  • F) Urgency (having to rush to have a bowel movement)
  • G) Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
  • H) Passing mucus (white material) during a bowel movement
  • I) Abdominal fullness, bloating, or swelling

Red flag symptoms which are not typical of IBS:

  • Pain that awakens/interferes with sleep
  • Diarrhea that awakens/interferes with sleep
  • Blood in the stool (visible or occult)
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Abnormal physical examination

Irritable bowel symptom can cripple a person’s life. Professor Whorwell’s outstanding research shows that with IBS, hypnosis has the potential to achieve effective symptom reduction. If you would like to explore taking control of your bowel action, give me a ring: 0845-3510604 / 0117-955-0490. I’m happy to answer questions or arrange, in Bristol, a free, no-obligation half-hour initial meeting. My approach is friendly, respectful, and very effective.

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