Charting Your Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome - dummies

Charting Your Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Carolyn Dean, L. Christine Wheeler

Part of IBS For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you think you might have irritable bowel syndrome, collect various pieces of information so you can have a fruitful discussion with your doctor about your condition. For example, determine if anyone in your family has a history of IBS, and figure out when your symptoms began. Also, create a record of the 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 the one below.

Describe your symptoms. Circle all that apply.

Abdominal cramping

Abdominal pain on the left side




Straining with a bowel movement


Other _______________________________________


How long have you had these symptoms? Circle one.

A few weeks

About 12 weeks

About 6 months

Less than 1 year

Less than 5 years

5 to 10 years

How often do you have these symptoms? Circle one.

Once per month

Once per week

Every day

Several times per day