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Still having diarrhea and abdominal discomfort, now my doctor wants to test for ibs. What are the tests?

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In brief: Colonoscopy/CT

To exclude inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's or ulcerative colitis), your doctor will likely order a colonoscopy to make sure there is no illness of the colon causing your diarrhea and pain.
If if this is normal, a ct scan of the abdomen can exclude small bowel disease such as crohn's. More elaborate testing may be needed if the studies are normal (endoscopy to exclude celiac disease, blood st.

In brief: Colonoscopy/CT

To exclude inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's or ulcerative colitis), your doctor will likely order a colonoscopy to make sure there is no illness of the colon causing your diarrhea and pain.
If if this is normal, a ct scan of the abdomen can exclude small bowel disease such as crohn's. More elaborate testing may be needed if the studies are normal (endoscopy to exclude celiac disease, blood st.
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Dr. Michael Rothman
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In brief: R/O other diseases

Irritable bowel syndrome is the multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults.
The predominant symptoms like diarrhea cramps constipation are the result of autonomic nervous system instability. Pts like you may benefit from a metabolically directed approach.

In brief: R/O other diseases

Irritable bowel syndrome is the multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults.
The predominant symptoms like diarrhea cramps constipation are the result of autonomic nervous system instability. Pts like you may benefit from a metabolically directed approach.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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