10 Questions About IBS

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  1. Could some other condition be causing my IBS symptoms? Could I have inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer?
  2. Should I be keeping an IBS symptom diary?
  3. Should I take laxatives or other over-the-counter medications for my IBS?
  4. If so, what type, how often, and what are the risks?
  5. Should I eat a high-fiber diet?
  6. What other dietary changes do you recommend for IBS, and should I consult a dietitian?
  7. Could relaxation therapy, counseling, or exercise help my IBS symptoms?
  8. Should I take prescription medications for my symptoms?
  9. What side effects should I expect?
  10. How soon should I have a follow-up appointment?

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