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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) health centre

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Diagnosis & tests

In diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome, your symptoms and their severity are only part of the picture. Other causes need to be ruled out. Is it really IBS or possibly another condition?


The symptoms associated with IBS may be all that's needed to confirm a diagnosis of IBS, but further tests may be needed.

Make sure you get the information you need. Ask your GP these 10 questions to make sure you’re on the right track.

Before considering a diagnosis of IBS, your doctor may need to rule out other conditions.

By keeping a record of your activities, emotions and eating habits in a symptom and food diary, you can help determine what triggers your symptoms and how to avoid them.

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