Should I Go To A Doctor For IBS?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition that occurs in the colon. IBS differs from Inflammatory Bowel Disease because it does not alter bowel tissue or increase the chances of developing Colorectal Cancer.
The fact remains that IBS is a condition that is chronic and needs some management at some point. Moreover, it may also need the intervention of a medical doctor and/or some alternative treatment or diet regimen. That said, it may also tend to come and go without rhyme or reason, so it's difficult to tell when to see a doctor for IBS.
When to See a Doctor for IBS Symptoms
It's estimated that as many as one in five American adults have some form of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, yet interestingly enough, less that one in five who have those symptoms ever seek professional care.
However, since the symptoms may in themselves mimic other more serious conditions, such as colon cancer, they should be carefully monitored by a professional if they include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and weight loss.
If you want to be informed about IBS ask your physician prior to visiting a gastroenterologist. Preparing for your gastroenterologist appointment is easy, keep a journal of all the times you have experienced IBS. It is also beneficial to keep a food journal. Many doctors will look for food triggers to determine if these could be causing your IBS. Often time’s people with certain food allergies such as gluten intolerance or lactose intolerance will experience IBS.