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.
Irritable bowel syndrome can be tough to live with. How tough? A 2015 survey from the American Gastroenterological Association found that 47% of people with IBS would give up their cell phone just to feel 1 month of relief from their symptoms.
In about a third of cases of this digestive disorder, people also get diarrhea. That's known as IBS-D.
Let your doctor know about your symptoms -- even if talking about them feels uncomfortable -- because there are more treatment options than ever.