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How do I know whether I have ibs?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Check with your doc

Ibs, common, is not inflammatory bowel disease (ibd).
At least 3 mos of 3d/mo of pain, fullness, gas, bloat; often alternating constipation/diarrhea, or one more than other. symptoms often relieved by bm. More in women, often starts in teens, worse with stress, food triggers, can vary with menses; can start after GI infection. Usually no bleeding, anemia, wt loss. Can mimic celiac, ibd, inf, other.

In brief: Check with your doc

Ibs, common, is not inflammatory bowel disease (ibd).
At least 3 mos of 3d/mo of pain, fullness, gas, bloat; often alternating constipation/diarrhea, or one more than other. symptoms often relieved by bm. More in women, often starts in teens, worse with stress, food triggers, can vary with menses; can start after GI infection. Usually no bleeding, anemia, wt loss. Can mimic celiac, ibd, inf, other.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Exclusion

Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion.
If there is nothing else found and your colonoscopy and x-rays are normal, then it is likely ibs. Also based on symptoms.

In brief: Exclusion

Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion.
If there is nothing else found and your colonoscopy and x-rays are normal, then it is likely ibs. Also based on symptoms.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Dr. Carolyn Messere
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