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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has your doctor diagnosed you or your loved with with IBS?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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What are your symptoms? (Optional)

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What medications are you taking (if any) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? (Optional)

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Most important questions to ask about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Top 10 Questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. What are the symptoms of IBS?
  2. Could my IBS symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  3. What is IBS and what causes it?
  4. How will IBS affect my daily life and long-term health?
  5. What dietary changes should I make to reduce my symptoms?
  6. Are there other lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms?
  7. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  8. What can I expect from my IBS medication and how long will it take to start working?
  9. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my IBS medication?
  1. What are the symptoms of IBS?
  2. Could my IBS symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  3. How is IBS diagnosed?
  4. What other conditions could be misdiagnosed as IBS?
  5. Can my primary care doctor diagnose IBS or will I need to see a gastroenterologist?
  6. What is IBS and what causes it?
  7. Is IBS curable or controllable?
  8. How will IBS affect my daily life and long-term health?
  9. What types of medical providers do I need to see and when?
  10. Are there any symptoms of IBS that should alert me to call you?
  11. Will I need follow-up tests and if so, how often will I need them?
  12. What are my treatment options for IBS?
  13. What should I do if my IBS symptoms get worse?
  14. What might happen if I do nothing to treat my IBS?
  15. What dietary changes should I make to reduce my symptoms?
  16. Are there other lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms?
  17. Can you recommend a support group or counselor to help me deal with my IBS?
  18. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  19. What information do you have about current IBS research or clinical trials?
  20. What can I expect from my IBS medication and how long will it take to start working?
  21. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  22. How long will I need to take my IBS medication?
  23. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my IBS medication?
  24. What options do I have if my IBS medication fails to control my symptoms?

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Top 10 Questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. What are the symptoms of IBS?
  2. Could my IBS symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  3. What is IBS and what causes it?
  4. How will IBS affect my daily life and long-term health?
  5. What dietary changes should I make to reduce my symptoms?
  6. Are there other lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms?
  7. How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  8. What can I expect from my IBS medication and how long will it take to start working?
  9. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my IBS medication?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date:  April 4, 2017 Copyright: © Copyright 2017 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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