I want to share my responses to some of the most common myths that I hear my patients or friends & family talk about in relation to IBS.
IBS IS A DIAGNOSIS
IBS is not a diagnosis it is a collection of symptoms. The tag IBS is given to people who share a collection of symptoms.
The term diagnosis literally means the “identification of the nature of an illness”. Giving someone the IBS classification does not tell us anything about the cause of their symptoms, it just tells us they have a set pattern of symptoms.
There is something called the Rome Criteria for diagnosing IBS. But I would argue to say that these criteria just allow people to be lumped into the IBS category, again not telling us anything about the cause of illness.
The current Rome Criteria state to be given the IBS tag you must have abdominal pain at least 1d per week for 3 months and also have 2 or more of pain related to defecation, change in stool frequency, and/or change in stool form or...