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Talking to Your Doctor About Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/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 Complications
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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