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Tests and Diagnosis for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

August 26, 2019


Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand,
author of Candida Crusher, creator of the Candida Crusher YouTube Channel, and also
creator of the CanXida range of supplements. Thanks for checking out this series on Irritable
Bowel Syndrome. This video, we’re going to talk about tests
and diagnosis of IBS. Medical practitioners have developed a set
of specialized criteria to diagnose if you’ve got Irritable Bowel Syndrome or not. One is called a Rome criteria, where they’re
going to basically want to know if you’ve got pain or discomfort in the abdominal area
for three days in a row at least once per month for a three-month duration. That�s what they�re going to be asking
you for. Then they’re going to be asking you if there’s
been a change in the frequency of stool or the consistency of the motions. Those are sort of things that they look for. They’re also going to be looking at your age. If you’re an old guy like me, about 50 plus,
and you’ve had previously no kind of gut issues, that will raise one red flag. If you’ve had a sudden change in bowel motions
all of a sudden, and you�re an old codger like me, bang, another flag goes up. If you’ve got rectal bleeding, a third flag
goes up. Flags go up everywhere. It’s like a soccer match. They’re going to be looking basically for
change. The big thing that they look for is stability
and if there was a change. That will raise a lot of flags, age particularly. They’re going to check for mucus, do a blood
test, and check for bleeding. They also may screen you for Celiac, may do
an anti-body test for Celiac. They may check you out for an enzyme to make
sure that you break lactose down properly. They could be doing a lactose test. They could do a breath test to check for SIBO
or small intestinal bacterial issues. Others may check for helicobacter. Then there’s a series of other tests they
may do. They may refer you then if they think, “Ok,
well you’ve passed all these, but we’ve got a bit of a suspicion here.” So they may send you to the gastroenterologist. That’s the guy who’s got the cameras that
go up in all funny areas of the body. Gastroenterology is nothing like it used to
be in the old days. I remember when my dad had a yeast infection
back in the 80s. Poor old guy. He loved ice cream. He would eat 2 liters of ice cream for lunch. He would eat a whole packet of cookies, 30
cookies, sometimes during the day and keep dunking them in coffee. He’d probably have about 10 cups of coffee
a day with 2 sugars in them, and then have lots of ginger biscuits/crackers. Dad loved those. In the coffee, in the mouth. Bloating and gas as a result. What the hell is wrong with me? I’ve got a gut problem. At that stage in my life, I wasn’t really
studying natural medicine, but I knew about cause and effect. “Dad, it’s those biscuits.” �Don’t be an idiot. The doctor said there’s nothing wrong with
me. I’m going to go to the gastroenterologist.” He had a barium enema, and they pumped this
foam in his bum into the colon. Oftentimes what they will do then is do an
abdominal x-ray to check for blockages. The doctor never even asked about his diet. Didn’t ask about biscuits or sugar consumption
or stuff like that. It was crazy. That’s called a barium enema. That can also be done. They’ll use a sigmoidoscope. It’s a very fine, flexible camera that gets
inserted. It’s not a problem. I’ve got a good friend who is a gastroenterologist,
and I often talk about these kind of procedures. I’ve got another friend who’s a urologist
– very cool guy. With a number plate: CME2P. Very nice guy. There’s a lot of really nice helpful professional
people out there. It’s very important if you’re concerned to
get checked out properly. Particularly if there’s been changes that
occurred very quickly and you’re getting a bit older. That’s when it’s even more important to get
checked out. If you’ve had a little bit of history on and
off for a long time, a stool analysis is often the first port of call I recommend. Particularly if you’re in your 20s, 30s or
40s. They reckon females have got a higher incidents
of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Younger women particularly. When it comes to guys, it’s three to one,
but I see lots of guys with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I would see just as many males as females. The point is tests and diagnoses depend on
the severity of the complaint, the duration of the complaint, the age. Those three factors in particular you need
to be taking into account. As usual, if you’re worried, always get it
checked out. Talk to somebody about it. Get a referral to someone who’s good. Get things checked out. It’s very important that you get the right
treatment after the correct diagnosis. That’s it for this video. Click on the link down below if you haven’t
already got my report, and stay tuned, because I’m going to do another video right now on
the best diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We�ll catch you in the next video. Thank you.

2 Comments

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm

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  • Reply MrLucas 49 September 8, 2018 at 4:29 am

    Hello. My name is Charles and I have some questions. I'm 24 and think I may have IBS. I get abdominal pain feels like aches in my gut. I have lots of gas and constipation and diarrhea. I sometimes see small amounts of mucus in my stool. I don't have health insurance and I can't afford any special work done by medical specialist. I've had this problem for about 2 years. Plz if you can tell me anything thanks.

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