Irritable bowel syndrome affects each person differently. If a person has any of
the symptoms, he or she should contact a doctor for further advice.
If a person has signs and symptoms of IBS, or if a person with IBS has unusual symptoms,
a doctor should be consulted. Go to a hospital emergency department if problems
are severe and/or come on suddenly.
Symptoms inconsistent with IBS include fever, bloody stools or urine, vomiting,
black or tarry stools, pain or
severe enough to interrupt sleep, and
These symptoms require the attention of a doctor.
Many people have already modified their diets before
seeing a doctor. Temporarily avoiding dairy products may help assess whether symptoms
of lactose intolerance are mimicking those of irritable bowel syndrome. Persons
who avoid dairy products should exercise and consider taking calcium supplements.
Certain foods, such as cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussels
sprouts) and legumes (beans) may worsen bloating and gassiness.
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