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How does your doctor test if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

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  • Your doctor will ask for details and compare that information with a set of symptoms known as the Rome III Criteria. To meet the standard, your belly pain or discomfort needs to have been a problem for at least six months. And in the last three months, you'll have noticed it at least three days a month. You also need to have two of these symptoms: You feel better after having a bowel movement
  • When you have pain or discomfort, your bowel movements are either more or less frequent than usual
  • Your stools are harder or softer than usual when you have pain or discomfort

SOURCES:

Henderson, P. and DiPalma, J. , March 2011. Southern Medical Journal

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. , May 2015. PLoS ONE

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

Rana, S. and Malik, A. June 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

Henderson, P. and DiPalma, J. , March 2011. Southern Medical Journal

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Pimentel, M. , May 2015. PLoS ONE

News release, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

IBSChek.com.

Rana, S. and Malik, A. June 2014. World Journal of Gastroenterology,

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2017

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