At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we see the diagnosis of IBS as just the beginning instead of an end-point because we know how to help your body to start healing. As naturopathic doctors, we are trained to understand not just the diseases of the digestive system, but how each digestive organ functions. By taking the time to evaluate all aspects of gut health, we can identify the root causes of your symptoms and then guide you through a treatment plan to restore proper digestion and help you get your life back.
How We Look For Causes of IBS
As part of a thorough analysis of your digestive function including taking a comprehensive history and doing a problem-focused physical examination, we may recommend one or more of the following tests that analyze various aspects of your stomach, intestinal or endocrine health.
GI Effects Test or Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)
This test is hugely useful in IBS and gives information about the health and function of the digestive tract. It tests for markers of proper digestion and absorption, presence or absence of healthy flora, bad bacteria, yeast and inflammation.
Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine (SIBO)
The small intestine should contain very little bacterial growth. This test indicates if excessive bacteria in the small intestine are present and possibly play a role in causing IBS.
Diet Diary and Food Antibody Testing
Helps us to determine whether your current diet plays a role in causing your IBS symptoms. This can help us identify food allergies as well as food sensitivities and reactive foods.
Gives information about whether the lining of the intestinal tract is healthy or whether "Leaky Gut Syndrome" is present. This syndrome can play a role in a variety of chronic health problems including IBS.
This test can tell us if parasitic infections, intestinal worms, or other organisms play a role in someone’s IBS symptoms. Can be combined with the CDSA.
This test assesses the presence of beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, certain pathogens, and overgrowth of yeast and non-pathogenic bacteria.
This blood test looks for a chemical marker that can help differentiate IBS from inflammatory bowel disease.
Watch for our next blog post Three Steps to a Happy and Healthy Gut.