Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I’m worried that I may have IBS.
  • I have irritable bowel syndrome, and this is a follow-up visit.
  • I have irritable bowel syndrome, and I’m sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I’m worried that I may have IBS.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on February 25, 2018

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign that I have irritable bowel syndrome?
  2. What causes irritable bowel syndrome? How is it diagnosed?
  3. Can certain foods trigger symptoms? Should I keep a diary to identify problem foods for me?
  4. Are there medications or treatments for irritable bowel syndrome?
  5. What else can I do to ease my symptoms and feel better?

I have irritable bowel syndrome, and this is a follow-up visit.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on February 25, 2018

  1. Do the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome typically come and go?
  2. Should I talk to a nutritionist about foods to avoid?
  3. Does stress worsen IBS? What can I do to ease stress?
  4. Can I take over-the-counter remedies for diarrhea or other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?
  5. What should I do if I have a serious flare-up of irritable bowel syndrome?

I have irritable bowel syndrome, and I’m sick or having problems.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on February 25, 2018

  1. Are my problems a sign that my IBS is getting worse?
  2. Are my problems a side effect of the medication I’m taking? Should I change medication?
  3. Could I have a condition that hasn’t been diagnosed? Should I get additional tests?
  4. What else can I do to prevent flare-ups of irritable bowel syndrome?
  5. Should I get a second opinion or consult with a gastroenterologist?