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What other tests may your doctor do to check why you have symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome?

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Your doctor has some other ways to see why you're not feeling so great. Sometimes other conditions are to blame. There are tests that can help rule them in or out.

For instance, your doctor may check to see if your body isn't able to absorb or digest certain ingredients, like dairy or a simple sugar called fructose. One way to find out is to see if your symptoms get better if you take them out of your diet.

You may also need to get a blood test to look for signs of Celiac disease, which happens when your body can't handle gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and oats.

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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