Millions of Americans are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome; it is a gastrointestinal syndrome on the large intestine that causes symptoms like cramping gas, bloating, constipation, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The worse part of it is that there are no conclusive tests that can diagnose the disease.
Doctors are even considering the disease to be a psychological disorder as there is no physical proof that can be diagnosed.
Dr. Mark Pimentel from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles has discovered a method to diagnose the disease.
He has developed a pair of blood test that can diagnose if a person is suffering from the syndrome.
The tests developed will shorten the time of person suffering from IBS, since the investigation time is decreased. By this the person suffering from and diagnosed with the disease will receive faster treatment than ever before.
The test will measure the antibodies in the subject’s blood. It is found in a research that IBS is triggered by the patient infected by a bacterial toxin that is seen in food poisoning cases.
Researchers found that even after the toxin is absent, it makes a person’s immune system attack the intestinal tract
Irina Obenauer is one of the patients who benefited from blood test. Obenauer was diagnosed with blood test years ago after experiencing bloating and diarrhea, it took time for the doctors to diagnose the disease as they first have to rule out all other possible diseases first.
Obenauer in the past underwent many tests to rule out certain diseases.
She underwent the blood test developed by Pimentel, showing that she had IBS. She was relieved that the tests were positive, as she knew that the disease was not a psychological disorder.
Obenauer said, “I’m not saying the symptoms went away,” but after the confirmation she started feeling more certain about what she felt.
Dr. Jon LaPook, practicing gastroenterologist and internist said that the new blood tests are not perfect. Positive test result suggest that the patient is suffering from IBS, but only 44 percent of the people suffering from IBS returned positive results. So this means that people with negative test results could still have IBS.