How is IBS diagnosed?
Your doctor probably will do a physical exam and ask you about your medical history. Before your appointment, keep a record of your symptoms and when they occur. Share this record with your doctor at your appointment. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may also need to do some tests, such as a blood test, stool test, X-ray, or colonoscopy, just to make sure that your symptoms aren't caused by something else.
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