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  1. Editorial Team author says:

    There is often a long, drawn out diagnosis period when it comes to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Because a lot of the symptoms (ex, abdominal pain, nausea, changes in bathroom habits) are non-specific, meaning they could be the result of any number of things, doctors kind of need to rule out a lot before making a diagnosis. This can be very frustrating for patients and their loved ones because without an official diagnosis of IBS, most doctors are reluctant to treat a patient. Obviously, without proper treatment and care, the odds of someone’s quality of life improving are not very high.

  2. Editorial Team author says:

    Yes, since there is no gold standard for diagnosing IBS, it can be difficult for doctors to come to a definite conclusion. It’s also important to identify all the symptoms present, particularly any “red flags”. Doctors will also need to consider alternative diagnoses for IBS, especially for symptoms that may be shared with other diseases.

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