The functional gastrointestinal conditions get diagnosed after doctors have exhausted all the mainstream medical tests to find a specific cause for the symptoms or cluster of symptoms. These symptoms are generally present for years and several medicinal and surgical treatments have also been tried with little or no benefit to the patient. Sometimes these patients have seen specialists but there remains no tangible explanation for the conditions. That is why they are considered as functional conditions.
Patients are often subjected to invasive diagnostic tests, such as endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, testing for gastro emptying time (GET), capsule endoscopy, litmus paper test and/or esophageal impedance, in the often-futile effort to obtain a diagnosis.
The symptoms experienced by the patient are real. The mainstream medical science has not evolved to a point where they can diagnose these functional conditions.
The most commonly used medical terms patients are given for these conditions are
Naturopathic treatments are available for these conditions. They can be used with traditional medications or without them. The following recommendations are to help educate the consumer about their choices. They are strongly encouraged to involve their doctor, should they decide to try the naturopathic treatment options. The guidelines are:
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