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Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About IBS! Share Share Share

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To be fair, you can't ask your doctor for an IBS cure. Currently, there isn't one (except possibly gut-directed hypnotherapy, which is well-researched and which your doctor should definitely know about.)

But, since IBS is a disorder that you, the patient, must manage on a daily basis, these are the questions you can ask your doctor that will help you do just that!

  • 1. Do my symptoms match those required for an IBS diagnosis following the Rome Guidelines?

  • 2. Have you run the tests necessary to rule out:

    Colon and carcinoid cancer
    Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis)
    Bowel obstructions
    Diverticulosis / Diverticulitis
    Food allergies, intolerances, and malabsorptions (fructose, lactose, etc.)
    Celiac (a genetic, autoimmune disorder resulting in gluten intolerance)
    Bacterial infections and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
    Intestinal parasites
    Ovarian cancer

  • 3. Do you recommend prescription drugs? What if they don't work? What about side effects?

  • 4. What about diet?

  • 5. What about stress management?

  • 6. What about alternative therapies?

  • 7. What types of natural supplements do you recommend?

  • 8. Do you know of any Irritable Bowel Syndrome support groups in my area?

  • 9. Can you recommend any good books, literature, and websites on the subject?

  • 10. What do you think is the best way to comprehensively manage my symptoms?

Tip Takeaway: IBS can be self-managed, but it cannot be self-diagnosed. Your doctor should give you both a solid IBS diagnosis AND point the way to information you need to successfully live with it!

Heather Van Vorous
Heather Van Vorous &
Heather's Tummy Care

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