First Doctor Consult on IBS
What Does Your Doctor Need to Know about your IBS
By beginning the consultation with an open discussion, your
doctor should be able to make a firm diagnosis and find the
correct treatment for your IBS.
The first pieces of information that you should tell your
doctor about are the symptoms that have been occurring.
Explaining your symptoms such as bloating, nausea, cramps,
constipation and diarrhea will help the doctor diagnose the
cause. If there are other symptoms, you should also let the
doctor know about these, as the symptoms may be due to other
problems or disorders which appear similar to
If you can provide your healthcare giver with a food journal
this will help. Also give your physician a list of all
supplements and prescriptions you are currently taking.
The second piece of information to
provide your doctor with is how long the symptoms have been
This not only includes the current situation, but
also past situations where you have had suffered the same
symptoms. This will not only help your
physician determine whether it is IBS, it will also let
them know how serious the problem is in relation to the time
period of when it has occurred.
If you can relate the IBS symptoms to specific happening in
your life this will also help. Did your symptoms first start on
a vacation? Have you had IBS symptoms on and off since you were
Your doctor may perform or refer your for a variety of
tests to help determine whether IBS is the underlying
Depending on the result, the doctor will then have the
option of diagnosing you with IBS taking into account the
information you have provided him with. Procedures such as
blood sampling, X-rays and stool sampling may be part of the
tests that will be performed.
Your health care provider may also decide to perform a
colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy in order to define the major
problem. If your symptoms can not be clearly defined through
what you have informed your doctor, he can use these test as an
option to make the correct diagnosis.
It is important to ask your doctor what you can do to
Your doctor can provide you with a variety of treatments as
well as provide you with ways to monitor the changes being made
from IBS. By continuing to consult with your doctor about the
progress being made, you can find out whether you have found
the right solution for solving the problem.