IBS Quick Tip!
Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Let's be fair - we can't ask our doctors 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 we, the patients, must manage on a daily basis, these are the questions to ask for help with that!
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!
- 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?
- Need more information? Check The First Year: IBS book.
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