Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How do doctors diagnose IBS? To diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), doctors review your symptoms and medical and family history and perform a physical exam. In some cases, doctors may order tests to rule out other health problems. Review of your symptoms Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and look for a certain pattern…

Diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease

How do doctors diagnose Crohn’s disease? Doctors typically use a combination of tests to diagnose Crohn’s disease. Your doctor will also ask you about your medical history—including medicines you are taking—and your family history and will perform a physical exam. Physical exam During a physical exam, a doctor most often checks for bloating in your abdomen listens to…

Symptoms & Causes of Crohn’s Disease

What are the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease? The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are diarrhea cramping and pain in your abdomen weight loss Other symptoms include anemia eye redness or pain feeling tired fever joint pain or soreness nausea or loss of appetite skin changes that involve red, tender bumps under the skin Your symptoms may…

Clinical Trials for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct and support research into many diseases and conditions, including digestive diseases. What are clinical trials for IBS? Clinical trials—and other types of clinical studies —are part of medical research and involve people like you. When…

Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How can my diet help treat the symptoms of IBS? Your doctor may recommend changes in your diet to help treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Your doctor may suggest that you eat more fiber avoid gluten follow a special diet called the low FODMAP diet Different changes may help different people with IBS. You may…

Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How do doctors treat IBS? Doctors may treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by recommending changes in what you eat and other lifestyle changes, medicines, probiotics, and mental health therapies. You may have to try a few treatments to see what works best for you. Your doctor can help you find the right treatment plan. Changes to…

Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How do doctors treat IBS? Doctors may treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by recommending changes in what you eat and other lifestyle changes, medicines, probiotics, and mental health therapies. You may have to try a few treatments to see what works best for you. Your doctor can help you find the right treatment plan. Changes to…

Symptoms & Causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What are the symptoms of IBS? The most common symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are pain in your abdomen, often related to your bowel movements, and changes in your bowel movements. These changes may be diarrhea, constipation, or both, depending on what type of IBS you have. Other symptoms of IBS may include bloating the feeling that you haven’t finished…

Definition & Facts for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is IBS? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a group of symptoms that occur together, including repeated pain in your abdomen and changes in your bowel movements, which may be diarrhea, constipation, or both. With IBS, you have these symptoms without any visible signs of damage or disease in your digestive tract. IBS is a functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. Functional GI…

Definition & Facts for Crohn’s Disease

What is Crohn’s disease? Crohn’s disease is a chronic disease that causes inflammation and irritation in your digestive tract. Most commonly, Crohn’s affects your small intestine and the beginning of your large intestine. However, the disease can affect any part of your digestive tract, from your mouth to your anus. Learn more about your digestive system and how it works. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel…