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Online irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis.

Suffering from intestinal pain or recent extreme weight loss?

Connect with an online doctor to get the answers and treatment you need at Tia Health.

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woman with irritable bowel syndrome

Online irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis.

Suffering from intestinal pain or recent extreme weight loss?

Connect with an online doctor to get the answers and treatment you need at Tia Health.

Book now

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that impacts the large intestine. It is characterized by a group of symptoms that typically occur together in the intestines. The condition is known for having periods where symptoms are bad and other times nonexistent.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that impacts the large intestine. It is characterized by a group of symptoms that typically occur together in the intestines. The condition is known for having periods where symptoms are bad and other times nonexistent.

woman with irritable bowel syndrome

An IBS diagnosis is likely if you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Cramps

  • Diarrhea

  • Gas

What causes irritable bowel syndrome?

The exact cause of IBS is unknown but certain factors have been found to have links such as:

  • A sensitive colon or immune system
  • Digestive system nerve abnormalities that can cause higher levels of discomfort from the abdomen stretches
  • Hormonal changes
  • Increased serotonin levels in the gut
  • Intestine muscle contractions that are stronger or longer than normal
  • Varying levels of bacteria in the gut

Are certain people more at risk of getting an IBS diagnosis?

Yes, the following individuals are at higher risk:

  • Women
  • Those under 50 years old
  • People with a family history of IBS
  • Those who suffer from a mental health disorder

What are the typical triggers for irritable bowel syndrome?

Common things known to cause IBS in patients are:

  • The food you eat. Symptoms can be worsened in response to certain foods, such as dairy, citrus fruits, fried foods, and fizzy drinks.
  • Feeling stressed. This can impact the nerves in the digestive system, making it overactive.
  • Menstruation and the hormonal changes associated with it are a common trigger for women.

How common is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is very common, particularly in Canada where it impacts 18% of the population compared to 11% globally.

How can I treat IBS at home?

Certain at-home practices can help to alleviate the symptoms of IBS, including:

  • Adding spices, such as chamomile, ginger, or peppermint, to foods
  • Adopting a regular exercise schedule
  • Cutting out caffeine
  • Eating less and avoiding known food triggers
  • Reducing stress
  • Eating foods high in fibre, protein, and probiotics

When should I see an online doctor to help with an irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis?

It is time to see a doctor if you notice a change in some of your IBS symptoms or it gets a lot worse. These changes could be:

  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Finding it difficult to swallow
  • Losing weight
  • Ongoing pain
  • Vomiting

An online physician can assess your symptoms and if necessary, they may refer you to a specialist or prescribe medication. You can have your prescription delivered for free or sent to a pharmacy of your choice for pick-up.

Is IBS serious?

IBS itself is not serious, but long-term symptoms of IBS can have a negative impact on the body. For example, frequent constipation or diarrhea can lead to hemorrhoids.

IBS can also have a damaging impact on quality of life. Research shows that 70% of individuals report that symptoms interfere with everyday life. This can be through missed school, work or social activities and it can prompt frequent feelings of embarrassment, anxiety, or depression.

How does a doctor treat IBS?

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, so the goal of treatments is to alleviate symptoms. Treatments can include:

  • Medications designed to control muscle spasms
  • Medications to combat constipation
  • Antidepressants to reduce pain

How do I prepare for my online IBS appointment?

To ensure the physician can provide an accurate medication prescription during your appointment, you can help by noting down any concerns and answers in advance, along with any allergies they should be aware of.

What will my online IBS appointment be like?

Appointments usually take between five to thirty minutes depending on the individual need. The online doctor will ask for a description of your symptoms. This will allow them to determine the best course of treatment. If necessary, they may recommend a follow-up appointment or a visit to a physical clinic.

How booking works.

“How do I connect with an online doctor about irritable bowel syndrome? ”

Our virtual clinic is designed to provide you with secure, trusted and easy access to the advice and care you need when you need it.

Here is how to book an appointment:

Here is how to book an appointment:

Skip the waiting room and book a virtual clinic appointment instead

Step 1

Select which doctor you would like to see and whether you prefer a phone or video call. We have a variety of male and female doctors available to help you in several languages.

Step 2

Attend your virtual appointment from the comfort of your own home using your chosen method of communication. We do not require you to download any apps or programs.

Step 3

Receive guidance and IBS treatment recommendations from the medical specialist. The doctor can share any necessary prescriptions with your chosen pharmacy, and you can opt to have medication delivered to your home for free or can collect in-person if preferred.

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