What kind of tests do I need to take to find out if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS. In most instances, IBS is a clinical diagnosis and can be diagnosed without a large number of tests. A complete medical history and physical exam is the basis of the diagnosis. That exam will rule out any red flag symptoms which would warrant further testing. In that case, blood tests, stool tests, endoscopy, or x-ray tests of the digestive tract could be necessary. Good luck.

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Do you know of over-the-counter medications I can take to help with my irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS can be either . Constipation dependent or diarrhea dependent. The choice of meds will depend on your symptomology. You can take over the counter meds depending on which symptoms are more prevalent in your case. Keep in mind its a diagnosis of exclusion. Dont diagnose yourself and see a physician to rule out any other causes. Read more...

Does Dicyclomine 10 mg., one time daily, work same day for irritable bowel syndrome or may it take 2 weeks to work? What dosages does it come in?

Works fast. it works fast ,actually the dose is 10-20 mg before each meal, I will definitely start with 10 mg if this the first time user, to make sure there is no side effect. work much better with IBS associated with loose BM. adjusting diet, eat multiple small meals, avoid food that usually caused problems, and that based on each individual separately, exercise, and meditation, and stress management. Read more...

Can a 20 year old get irritable bowel syndrome? Is there a way to test for it? Can it occur without pain?

A 20 y/o can get it. IBS is a "functional" disorder and the diagnosis is made by the symptoms the patient has and by excluding other illnesses that might cause similar symptoms. Pain is present in most patients. See http://bit.ly/1VlC078. Read more...

Are there any medications/ herbs/ supplements one can take to repair gut lining in cases with irritable bowel syndrome?

Many. You are correct that many with ibs have an inflamed gut lining (leaky gut syndrome). Try to find the cause- it could be due to medications, alcohol, yeast, unfriendly bacteria, parasites, food allergies etc. Once these are addressed, there are many supps that can help the gut to heal like glutamine, dgl, marshmallow root & slippery elm. See http://www.Stopleakygut.Com/healing & my comment for more. Read more...