10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. What is IBS? How does it occur?

  2. What diseases can mimic IBS?

  3. Are there effective ways to reduce stress? Can yoga or meditation help?

  4. What kind of diet helps with IBS symptoms? What kind of foods or substances should I avoid?

  5. Do over-the-counter medications such as laxatives help?

  6. What prescribed medications treat IBS?

  7. What side effects can I expect?

  8. Are there any alternative treatments worth trying?

  9. How helpful are IBS support groups? Are there counselors who have patients with similar problems?

  10. Are there any long-term consequences of IBS?

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. In fact, it's estimated that as many as 20 percent of adults have symptoms of IBS.