Lactose Intolerance is sometimes misdiagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Lactose Intolerance.

Lactose intolerance is where people are unable to fully digest the sugar in milk. This results in symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, nausea and bloating. This is due to a low level of an enzyme called lactase in their small intestine. Lactose intolerance can be mistaken for other gastrointestinal issues such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome. A diagnosis can be achieved through a hydrogen breath test or lactose intolerance test.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Bloating, gas, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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