The doctor may suspect IBS based on the problems you are having and past health. There are no tests for this health problem.
A physical and rectal exam will be done.
You may have this health problem if you had two or more of these problems on one or more days a week, over the past three months:
- Pain that gets better after you move your bowels
- Symptoms that start with a change in how often you move your bowels
- Symptoms that start with a change in the way your stool looks
Tests may be:
- Blood tests—to rule out anemia, infection, or cancer
- Fecal occult blood test—to check for traces of blood in the stool
- Colonoscopy—to look at the colon
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
- Review Date: 08/2019 -
- Update Date: 08/27/2019 -