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    10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    1. Could some other condition be causing my IBS symptoms? Could I have inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer?
    2. Should I be keeping an IBS symptom diary?
    3. Should I take laxatives or other over-the-counter medications for my IBS?
    4. If so, what type, how often, and what are the risks?
    5. Should I eat a high-fiber diet?
    6. What other dietary changes do you recommend for IBS, and should I consult a dietitian?
    7. Could relaxation therapy, counseling, or exercise help my IBS symptoms?
    8. Should I take prescription medications for my symptoms?
    9. What side effects should I expect?
    10. How soon should I have a follow-up appointment?

     

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 08, 2015
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