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

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