Charting Your IBS Symptoms
Part of the IBS For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
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 pain on the left side
Straining with a bowel movement
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
Several times per day