10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Constipation

  1. Is IBS with constipation linked to any other disease such as colon cancer?



  2. How can I figure out what triggers my IBS symptoms?



  3. Are there medications I can take for my IBS?



  4. What dietary changes and exercise should I consider? Should I talk to a dietitian?



  5. If certain foods make my constipation worse, should I eliminate them from my diet forever?



  6. How long and how often can I safely take laxatives and other over-the-counter treatments?



  7. How does stress contribute to my IBS? What can I do about it?



  8. Could meditation, acupuncture, or herbal remedies help IBS symptoms?



  9. How do I explain my condition to family, friends, and co-workers?



  10. How long will I likely have IBS?

 

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WebMD 10 Questions Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 08, 2015

Sources

SOURCE:

J. Patrick Waring, MD, gastroenterologist, Digestive Health Care of Georgia.

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