Should You Self-Diagnose IBS?
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) can be a mystery to both the patient and doctor. Symptoms can seem vague, hard to describe, and constantly changing. Patients report suffering from diarrhea, constipation, or alternating bouts of both, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort. It can be frustrating because some flare ups are attached to obvious triggers while others seem to come out of nowhere. It is completely normal to feel frustrated and anxious about life with IBS.
A recent national survey of IBS sufferers revealed another problem. Over one thousand people responded to the survey and they were all self-diagnosed and the vast majority of them were also self-treating. If you are suffering from IBS symptoms, it is time to take control of your life and make an appointment with a gastroenterologist. A gastroenterologist has a unique perspective on IBS patients – experience. The doctors at TDDC frequently see patients with IBS and can help you identify your triggers, suggest lifestyle changes that may improve your quality of life, and are aware of the latest medications and treatment options.
There is not a cure for IBS, but there is also not a reason to suffer in silence. Make an appointment today!