Many people suffer from symptoms after eating. These symptoms can range from pain, heartburn, reflux, regurgitation, belching, bloating, distension and flatulence. Whilst these symptoms may not be considered serious in terms of life threatening conditions they carry with them considerable morbidity, pervading all aspects of the sufferers life at home, work and socially.
Whilst empirical treatment can be successful in many patients, for the remainder, they are often labelled with a ‘functional’ disorder and are expected to live with the condition or else become frequent visitors to Doctor’s surgeries, hospitals and tertiary centres.
In the last decade or so, there have been remarkable advances in the range and sensitivity of functional gastrointestinal (GI) diagnostics that offer an intermediate step in the healthcare pathway. These tests can often pinpoint the exact cause of a patient’s functional symptoms allowing targeted treatment strategies with excellent outcomes.