Getting a Colonoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy for IBS


If you suspect that you are affected with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and your doctor is unable to establish the symptom on the basis of primary tests, then he / she can refer you for colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy test. It is equally important for you to know about colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy tests. Thus you will be more cooperative towards your doctor and more receptive, when your doctor performs the tests on you.

Colonyscopy and sigmoidoscopy techniques allow a doctor to see inside your intestines using a tube fitted with a small camera at one end. Using these techniques, a doctor can examine either full large bowel or only a part of it as required. The colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy techniques allow the doctor to analyze the changes in bowel movement. The doctor can examine each and every segment of your intestine and abnormalities it has.

On the basis of colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy tests your doctor can establish whether your bowel movement is because of Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS or because of any other reason, for example damage in tissues, abnormal growth or ulcers etc. Your doctor can also see, whether the cause of irritation is due to any bacteria, etc in the intestines, which does not directly relates to your IBS problems. 

Before examining your doctor may ask you to eat food and drink fluids that do not have food color. You will need to drink plain water, broth and tea. This is necessary to clean your colon area and making the task of your doctor easier during the examination. If you are already following any medical prescription, discuss it with your doctor.  

A colonyscopy and sigmoidoscopy test takes about 30 minutes to an hour. Your doctor will give you sedatives before performing the examination to ease your pain. You may complain of cramping after the examination for an hour or two. If you feel discomfort and cramping for long, then discuss it with your doctor. 

Nowadays, opting for colonyscopy or sigmoidoscopy tests is very common among doctors to determine Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The technique is easy and simple and there is no harm in going for it. If you are feeling the symptoms of IBS, speak to your physician for the possible solution. Although doctors first perform primary tests like blood test, stool test, etc to determine, whether you have IBS or not. But if on the basis of primary tests the cause of irritation in you is not established, then the doctor performs colonyscopy or sigmoidoscopy. These tests allow a doctor to fix the cause of irritation and bowel movement exactly. So if you are suspect of IBS and primary tests fail to establish the cause of irritation, then discuss with your doctor and get a Colonoscopy or Sigmidoscopy test.



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