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Why should someone see their doctor if they have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms?

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Any symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) could point to another, more serious condition. Your doctor can help you figure out what’s going on.

Even if you don’t think the problem is physically part of IBS, but it bothers you, tell your doctor. For example, if you’re stressed out or anxious about it, or if you’re losing sleep over the problem, let your doctor know.

SOURCES:

The IBS Network: “When Should I See My Doctor?”

Colitis & Crohn’s Foundation of America: “IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome Expanded Version.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Changes You Should Not Ignore If You Have IBS.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on August 18, 2016

SOURCES:

The IBS Network: “When Should I See My Doctor?”

Colitis & Crohn’s Foundation of America: “IBS and IBD: Two Very Different Disorders.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome Expanded Version.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Changes You Should Not Ignore If You Have IBS.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on August 18, 2016

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