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Diagnosing IBS first involves excluding other health conditions that give IBS-like symptoms. These may include:

  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Parasites
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Fructose malabsorption
  • Coeliacs Disease

We will categorise your IBS symptoms and investigate your eating and drinking patterns. Based on your usual food intake we will tailor-design a new eating plan that may include:

  • A low FODMAP eating style
  • Identifying and avoiding known trigger foods
  • Adjusting your fibre intake

Also, emerging research has identified that probiotic and prebiotic supplementation may improve symptoms of IBS in some individuals. We may include the use of these supplements in helping you manage your IBS. It can also be beneficial for people with the symptoms of IBS to undergo hydrogen/methane breath testing. These tests can help to identify IBS-like conditions such as fructose malabsorption, lactose intolerance and small bowel bacterial overgrowth. Further information and the ordering of test kits can be found at: www.breathtest.com.au

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