COMMON IBS TREATMENTS

GP

Your GP should be your first point of call if you are experiencing symptoms of IBS. Your GP can conduct a full medical check up and order tests to investigate your symptoms. There is a coeliac gene blood test which although it cannot confirm if you have coeliac disease, it can only rule out the disease if you don’t have the gene. Should your test results come back positive with the gene, your doctor can discuss further investigations with you.

Medications

Pharmaceutical medications mask the symptoms rather than repair the condition itself. They offer band-aid solutions. Of course, they can be of benefit in the short term to bring you relief, but if you need to or have been taking medication long term, the underlying problem is still there waiting to be addressed and overcome. You are worthy of feeling better.

Gastroenterologist

If you or your GP wish to, visiting a Gastroenterologist may be an option. A Gastroenterologist specialises in the gastrointestinal tract and can undertake an endoscopy (a small camera inserted into the digestive system) to investigate causes, if any.

Note: if you are having a biopsy performed during your endoscopy to test for Coeliac Disease, you will be required to eat gluten for 6-8 weeks prior to your endoscopy for the biopsy to be successful.

Dietitian

Either your GP or Gastroenterologist will most likely talk to you about diet and recommend you see a dietitian. You can however see a dietitian without a referral.

As food is in direct contact with your gastrointestinal tract, it is helpful to establish whether any foods are the cause of your IBS. This can be a complex process if you are attempting it on your own, however a dietitian who specialises in food intolerance, elimination diets and the low FODMAP diet can ease you through it efficiently and with support.

Naturopath

Naturopath’s tool belts are herbs, which can improve gastrointestinal health if natural food chemicals are not a problem for you. Naturopaths follow a holistic approach, treating the body as a whole and can help establish balance.

Note: should you suspect you have food intolerances and sensitivities; it is best to establish this first with a dietitian as herbs, being concentrated, can have very high natural chemical content and can exacerbate IBS symptoms