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10 questions to ask your doctor about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Having IBS symptoms can cause distress, making it hard to remember everything you want to get out of an appointment with a doctor or IBS specialist. Here are some key questions you may want to take with you to ask.

  1. Could some other condition be causing my IBS symptoms?
  2. If I keep a diary of my IBS symptoms, what should I write down?
  3. Should I take laxatives or other over-the-counter medications? If so, what type, and how often is it safe to take them?
  4. Would it help my IBS symptoms to add more fibre to my diet? If so, how much and what kind?
  5. Are there other dietary changes you would recommend for IBS?
  6. Could relaxation therapy or counselling help my IBS?
  7. What about exercise?
  8. Should I take prescription medications for my IBS symptoms? If so, what side effects should I expect?
  9. Are there any tests you would recommend now or later?
  10. Are there any other approaches or treatments I should know about?
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on April 18, 2017

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