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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Health Center

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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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