Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting the intestine. IBS involves problems with motility (movement of digested food through the intestines) and sensitivity (how the brain interprets signals from the intestinal nerves), leading to abdominal pain, changes in bowel patterns and other symptoms.
To distinguish IBS from temporary tummy troubles, experts have emphasized the chronic (long-lasting) and relapsing nature of IBS and use criteria, based on the occurrence rate of symptoms and their duration to diagnose it (Quigley, et al. 2016).
In May 2016, the Rome Foundation released the new Rome IV criteria for diagnosing IBS. All around the world, physicians follow this organization’s lead when diagnosing IBS. We have taken the Rome IV criteria and put it in an easy 5 question format to help start the discussion on whether or not you have IBS.
This information is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your doctor may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. Any symptoms or treatment options should be discussed with your doctor.
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