Rome IV classification gives definition as:
Recurrent abdominal pain, at least once per week for at least 3 months, associated with at least 2 of:
- Associated with defecation
- Change in bowel frequency
- Change in stool form/appearance
Bloating has been removed from diagnostic criteria as it has no predictive value, being common across all kinds of GI issues.
Subtypes then based on stool form on symptomatic days – predominantly constipation, predominantly diarrhoea, mixed constipation/diarrhoea.
Trial of lactose, fructose and wheat free diet if suspected link to consumption of these foods (non coeliac gluten sensitivity occurs).
Low FODMAP diet is challenging but can help – should be supervised by dietician.
Reassurance – making diagnosis helps justify not investigating fruitlessly.[J Clin Med 2017]