Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by a variety of symptoms, including cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long term. The cause is not well understood.
There is no definitive test to diagnose IBS. IBS is diagnosed after your doctor has reviewed your symptoms and occasionally ordered tests to rule out other conditions.
Visits at the Tummy Clinic are not covered by OHIP, however most extended healthcare plans cover many aspects of the care you will receive here, such as visits to Naturopathic Doctors, Dieticians, Social Workers or Psychotherapists. Check your benefits package or contact your insurance company for more information.
Prior to your first visit, you will be asked to fill out intake forms providing basic information about your current health concerns, past health history, family history and other basic information.
Your first visit will be with one of our Naturopathic Doctors and will last approximately 60 minutes. Your Naturopathic Doctor will do a full assessment and devise a personalized treatment protocol incorporating our unique team of Dietitians, Nurse Practitioners and Psychotherapists.
We hear you. We create personalized plans designed to take your unique symptoms and concerns seriously. Our protocols are designed by a team of Gastroenterologists and reflect an evidence-based approach. We work together to make sure we are all in sync.
If your family doctor feels assessment with a Gastroenterologist is required and you haven't already been assessed by one—our clinic will happily redirect referrals from family doctors to our Gastroenterologists.
Otherwise, our program is focused on the aspects of your treatment plan that our Gastroenterologists feel would best be provided by our specialized team members
No, but we encourage you to discuss your symptoms with your family doctor to ensure that no medical work-up is needed.
Every individual is different, however, treatment Protocols are expected to last 3-6 months.
Feel free to send any other questions about our process and treatment using the contact form below.
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders https://iffgd.org/
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation https://cdhf.ca/digestive-disorders/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs/
Canadian Society of Intestinal Research https://badgut.org/information-centre/a-z-digestive-topics/ibs/