An expert panel has outlined a list of
symptoms common in
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors often use this
list of symptoms, known as the Rome III criteria, to distinguish IBS from other
intestinal problems. But people who don't have all of these symptoms may
still have IBS.
You meet the Rome III criteria for IBS if your
symptoms began at least 6 months ago, you have had abdominal pain or discomfort
at least 3 days each month in the last 3 months, and at least two of the
following statements are true:7
An irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptom journal can help you and your doctor figure out what triggers your IBS, and how to deal with those triggers.
Fill this out as soon as you experience symptoms. Print extra copies to have on hand.
Remember, a variety of factors can set off IBS: Certain types of food, the volume of food, stress, medicines, your menstrual cycle, and your environment.
You may find, for instance, that you tend to feel bloated after eating snacks during office meetings. Knowing...