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A 31-year-old female asked:

how do you know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Maybe not IBS: The key to your answer: what symptoms, duration of distress, & recent evaluation. If you are awakening from sleep due to pain, your symptoms don't come & go (are unchanging & ever present or are actually worsening), there's bleeding/fever then it is unlikely you have irritable bowel syndrome. In such a case, further evaluation is warranted rather than you just taking symptom-based medicine.
Dr. Haider Goussous
General Surgery 63 years experience
Abdominal pain: You will have abdominal pain almost daily, distention and aggrevated by certain foods.
Dr. Haider Goussous
General Surgery 63 years experience
Any symptoms: What symptoms do you have? How long did yo have them ? If not you donot have ibs.
Dr. Haider Goussous
General Surgery 63 years experience
YOU WILL KNOW: You will have daily abdominal pain some times balloted, all tests are usually negative.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How doyou know if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
Your symptoms?: Irritable bowel syndrome is kind of a catch-all name for a group of functional bowel disorders- called this because anatomically all is normal. There is an exaggerated response to stimuli: for instance, intestinal activity that someone without ibs wouldn't feel can be experienced as quite painful by someone with ibs. People may experience primarily diarrhea, constipation, or alternation of both.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I know its irritable bowel syndrome-but please explain it to me?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
IBS explained: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I know fi I have irritable bowel syndrome?

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Dr. Jordan Rush
Gastroenterology 13 years experience
Doctor : Speak to your gastroenterologist. There are certain criteria for ibs. He/she may wish to do some testing first to exclude other causes.
A 59-year-old female asked:

How do u know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Maybe not IBS: Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. The key to your answer: what are your symptoms, duration of distress, & recent evaluation? Do you awakening from sleep due to pain, are your symptoms not intermittent but ever present or actually worsening, have bleeding/fever--if so then it is unlikely you just have ibs. In such a case, further evaluation is warranted to identify the correct diagnosis & treatment.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)?

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Dr. Haider Goussous
General Surgery 63 years experience
What symptoms ?: You are young, but I have to know wehat symptoms do you have. The best thing to do is to start by seeing your pcp.

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