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Conditions in Depth

This page contains the basic information about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) .

Return to the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Main Condition Center

When to Call A Doctor

It is useful for anyone with irritable bowel symptoms to discuss their symptoms with a doctor, so that diet, fiber and drug treatment strategies can be planned.

After you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, contact your doctor if you have:

  • an episode of severe symptoms

  • unexplained weight loss or fever

  • blood in your stool

  • abdominal pain that is accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or fainting

  • abdominal pain or diarrhea that awakens you from sleep.

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Created: 4/27/2004   |   Last Modified: 8/21/2006
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