Talking to Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Your health history is personal. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors or knowledge of IBS. This can help you take an active role in your care.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will make it simpler for you to talk to your doctor:
Some Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About the Diagnosis of IBS
About Your Risk of Getting Other Problems
Will this problem get worse or turn into a serious disease such as cancer? Are there health problems that might be a sign that it is turning into something more serious?
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed August 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 8/15/2019
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