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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Health Center

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10 Questions About IBS

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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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