When you go to see your doctor, think about the information you need to impart about your IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Explain if anyone in your family has a history of bowel trouble and explain when your symptoms began. Tell your doctor what treatment options you’ve tried and how successful they’ve been.

It’s also useful to fill out a questionnaire about your symptoms, such as this one.

Describe your symptoms. Tick all that apply.

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Abdominal pain on the left side

  • Diarrhoea

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Straining with a bowel movement

  • Wind

  • Other ____________________

How long have you had these symptoms?

  • A few weeks

  • About 3 months

  • About 6 months

  • About 1 year

  • About 5 years

  • 5 to 10 years

How often do you have these symptoms?

  • Once per month

  • Once per week

  • Every day

  • Several times per day

  • Constantly