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The Educated IBS Patient's Guide to Diagnosis


Updated September 05, 2012

Unlike many other health problems, getting an IBS diagnosis is not always a clear-cut process. Since there is no simple test that confirms an IBS diagnosis, the process may leave you fraught with uncertainty. It becomes essential to take charge of your own medical care. The following articles will provide you with the tools that you need to successfully navigate the diagnostic process.

Why Does My Doctor Send Me for So Many Medical Tests?

Because there is no single test for IBS, some doctors recommend a variety of different procedures. You may find yourself wondering if all of these tests are necessary. Learn the correct questions to ask to determine if you are getting the care you need.

Differential Diagnosis: What Else Might Your Illness Be?

Differential diagnosis is the thinking process that doctors go through to come up with a definitive diagnosis. The lack of an objective biomarker for IBS results in the need for doctors to consider and rule out other digestive disorders before deciding that you have IBS. This article explains how doctors make a differential diagnosis and offers you tips for becoming an active part of the process.

When Do You Need a Second Opinion?

Doctors do make mistakes. If for any reason you are not satisfied that IBS is your correct diagnosis, you are well within your rights to seek a second opinion. Having more than one doctor reach the same conclusion can result in peace of mind. Learn what factors you should consider before seeking a second opinion and find out the benefits of consulting with more than one physician.

The Wise Patient's Guide to Being Newly Diagnosed

Once you have been diagnosed, new challenges arise. In order to ensure that you get the best medical care possible, you will need to be a proactive patient, working hand in hand with your medical professionals to devise a plan to best address your symptoms. This article outlines ten steps you can take to be an active participant in your own health care.

Essential Reading from Dr. Bolen, your IBS Guide:

  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  4. Diagnosis & Procedures
  5. Tips for Getting an IBS Diagnosis

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