10 Questions About IBS

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

1. Could some other condition be causing my IBS symptoms? Could I have inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer?
2. Should I be keeping an IBS symptom diary?
3. Should I take laxatives or other over-the-counter medications for my IBS?
4. If so, what type, how often, and what are the risks?
5. Should I eat a high-fiber diet?
6. What other dietary changes do you recommend for IBS, and should I consult a dietitian?
7. Could relaxation therapy, counseling, or exercise help my IBS symptoms?
8. Should I take prescription medications for my symptoms?
9. What side effects should I expect?
10. How soon should I have a follow-up appointment?

 

 

 

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WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on October 23, 2017
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