Talking to Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
You have a unique health history. It's essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors or experience with IBS. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care. For this condition in particular, a good doctor-patient relationship makes a big difference in your quality of life.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About the Diagnosis of IBS
About Your Risk of Developing Other Problems
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed May 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 12/20/2014
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