Diagnosis and Procedures for IBS
Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Discussion of issues related to obtaining a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, including gastroenterology specialists, routine medical tests, and specialized GI procedures.
Guide to IBS Diagnosis
Here you will find links to articles to help you to use the medical system wisely to determine what is causing your digestive symptoms.
Guide to Dealing with Doctors
Your relationship with your IBS doctor is an important aspect of your treatment plan. Learn some tips for ensuring that you establish a good working relationship with your doctor.
Picture Your Digestive System
If you are scheduled to undergo a diagnostic procedure, it may be helpful to have an idea of what your digestive system looks like. Here is a step-by-step picture guide to all of the organs that make up your GI tract.
How To Keep a Symptom Diary
Symptom diaries are a great way to help your doctor to come up with your proper diagnosis. Here you will find a helpful table for filling in your symptoms on a daily basis.
How to Keep a Food Diary
Learn how to identify foods that might be contributing to your IBS symptoms through the use of a simple food diary.
How to Follow an Elimination Diet
An elimination diet is a way to find out if a food is a trigger for your IBS. Here you will learn how to follow such a diet.
Elimination Diet Experiences
An elimination diet is a way to identify whether a food sensitivity is contributing to your symptoms. Here you will read stories from other IBS patients about what it is like to follow an elimination diet. See submissions
Is Your Doctor Right for You?
One of the most important aspects of IBS treatment is the doctor/patient relationship. Here are the questions you should ask to make sure that you are in good hands.
Can You Have IBS Without Pain?
Are you one of those people who do not experience pain with your IBS? Find out why this might be and whether or not you have received the correct diagnosis.
Should my doctor run more tests?
Addresses concern about getting a definite diagnosis of IBS.