10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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Going to the doctor can be intimidating. You might feel rushed and forget to ask questions that are important. It's always a good idea to know what to ask beforehand and to take notes when with the doctor. Some of the questions below may be worth asking. Print out this page and take it with you to your next appointment.
1. Could some other condition be causing my IBS symptoms?
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation, you may feel too uncomfortable to eat anything. Yet it is very important to maintain a balanced diet for good health.
Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Guide to Better Digestion, suggests enjoying all foods in moderation, and adding high-fiber foods to your diet gradually to help relieve IBS.
"The goal is not to be unnecessarily restrictive," Bonci says, pointing out that some people with IBS give...