It’s a common occurrence: A patient comes in complaining of GI distress. Perhaps they or their child are experiencing heartburn, constipation, and abdominal pain or bloating. Upon diagnosis, you find no evidence of a disease or disorder that could cause these very real symptoms. In fact, the patient’s tests all come back normal.
Understandably, the patient may be confused. Surely their symptoms are a sign of something more serious? Explaining to them the difference between a functional and structural gastrointestinal disorder can help put them at ease and answer any questions they may have. [Read more…]