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.
Stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation can cause enough distress in a person's life. But often they are not the only problems. Studies show that anywhere from about 50% to 90% of people who seek treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) also have some psychiatric disorder. This may include panic disorder, anxiety, or major depression. Although anxiety is often a problem for IBS patients, depression can also play a role in aggravating symptoms. As far as scientists know, IBS does...