When You Visit Your Doctor — Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The Family Health Guide

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Do you have pain or cramping in the lower stomach?
  • How often do you get the pain?
  • Is the pain related to meals?
  • Do you suffer from constipation and small bowel movements?
  • Do you have diarrhea that alternates with constipation?
  • Do you have frequent bloating and gas?
  • Do you have a feeling of fullness in the rectum?
  • Is there a family history of inflammatory bowel disease?
  • Do you have a history of mental illness or depression?
  • Are there any things causing unusual stress in your life?
  • Please describe your diet in detail.

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Careful abdominal exam
  • Rectal exam

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Stool testing for blood and cultures
  • Conventional abdominal X-rays
  • Endoscopy or sigmoidoscopy
  • Barium enema
  • Complete blood count and other blood tests