Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Video Assessment

Find out if the symptoms you’re experiencing are consistent with IBS

 

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

 

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Irritable bowel syndrome is an extremely common gastrointestinal illness. It’s probably the most common gastrointestinal illness we see in the office. I’m about to ask you a series of questions which I might ask a patient in my office when they present to me with abdominal complaints or bowel complaints. Depending on specific circumstances, there are other questions he may ask you, such as family history. It is important you discuss this with your physician in order to obtain the proper treatment for irritable bowel syndrome as well to obtain the appropriate testing to rule out other more serious forms of GI illness.

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Pain or cramping in abdomen

Have you experienced any abdominal pain or cramping in the last six months?

Have you experienced any abdominal pain or cramping in the last six months? We all get abdominal pain from time to time, but are you experiencing abdominal pain that is different from you usual pattern?

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Pain or Cramping After a Bowel Movement

Does this pain or cramping get better or go away after a bowel movement?

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Consistency, Frequency or Appearance of Bowel Movements

Does this pain seem to cause any difference in the consistency, frequency, or appearance of your bowel movements?

Does this pain seem to cause any difference in the consistency, frequency, or appearance of your bowel movements? Specifically, have you noticed that it seems to be getting thinner like a pencil or flattened like a ribbon? Do you notice any mucous in your stool? Do you notice that the bowel movement is coming out like small pellets? Do you notice any coating with blood?

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Excess Intestinal Gas

Do you experience any increase in intestinal gas, which is either embarrassing or uncomfortable for you?

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Strain During a Bowel Movement

Do you feel the need to strain during a bowel movement?

Do you feel the need to strain during a bowel movement? Do you find that it’s very difficult to pass your bowels without forcing it or literally rocking on the toilet?

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Impact on Your Life

Do these symptoms cause pain, loss of sleep, or trouble at work?

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Constipation with Hard or Dry Stools

Are you having less than three bowel movements per week and experiencing hard or dry stools?

Are you having less than three bowel movements a week or experiencing hard or dry stools?

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel: Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Constipation with Loose or Watery Stools

Are you having more than three bowel movements per day and experiencing loose or watery stools?

Are you having more than three bowel movements a day or experiencing loose or watery stools? We consider it normal for a patient to move their bowels anywhere from three times a day to three times a week, anything outside this range would be considered abnormal and would be a reason for further evaluation.

About Dr. Howard I. Siegel Dr. Siegel is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medical in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of New Jersey, Camden County Medical Society, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Alternating Periods of Constipation and Diarrhea

Are you experiencing alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea?

Are you experiencing alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea?

Table of Contents
  • Introduction

    This assessment a tool that can help be used to help diagnose Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

  • Pain or cramping in abdomen

    Have you experienced any abdominal pain or cramping in the last six months?

  • Pain or Cramping After a Bowel Movement

    Does this pain or cramping get better or go away after a bowel movement?

  • Changes in the Consistency, Frequency or Appearance of Bowel Movements

    Does this pain seem to cause any difference in the consistency, frequency, or appearance of your bowel movements?

  • Excess Intestinal Gas

    Do you experience any increase in intestinal gas, which is either embarrassing or uncomfortable for you?

  • Strain During a Bowel Movement

    Do you feel the need to strain during a bowel movement?

  • Impact on Your Life

    Have these symptoms had a serious negative impact on your life, causing significant pain, loss of sleep, or trouble at work?

  • Less Than Three Bowel Movements Per Week and Hard or Dry Stools

    Are you having less than three bowel movements per week and experiencing hard or dry stools?

  • More Than Three Bowel Movements Per Day and Loose or Watery Stools

    Are you having more than three bowel movements per day and experiencing loose or watery stools?

  • Alternating Periods of Constipation and Diarrhea

    Are you experiencing alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea?

Below are the results from your assessment. Talk to your doctor about next steps in your recovery process.

Your IBS Assessment Results:

Yes. Based on your answers, the symptoms you're experiencing are consistent with IBS-C (continuous periods of constipation) and should be brought to the attention of a doctor.

Take this assessment with you and discuss your condition with your general practitioner or an IBS specialist. You can learn more about IBS, its causes, possible treatments, medication, and more in our IBS Learning Center.



Your IBS Assessment Results:

Yes. Based on your answers, the symptoms you're experiencing are consistent with IBS-D (continuous periods of diarrhea) and should be brought to the attention of a doctor.

Take this assessment with you and discuss your condition with your general practitioner or an IBS specialist. You can learn more about IBS, its causes, possible treatments, medication, and more in our IBS Learning Center.

Your IBS Assessment Results:

Yes. Based on your answers, the symptoms you're experiencing are consistent with IBS-A (alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea) and should be brought to the attention of a doctor.

Take this assessment with you and discuss your condition with your general practitioner or an IBS specialist. You can learn more about IBS, its causes, possible treatments, medication, and more in our IBS Learning Center.

Your IBS Assessment Results:

No. Based on your answers, it seems unlikely that you're experiencing symptoms associated with IBS.

However, if you condition worsens, take this assessment with you and discuss your condition with your general practitioner or an IBS specialist. You can learn more about IBS, its causes, possible treatments, medication, and more in our IBS Learning Center.

Next Steps:

Print or email a copy of your results
to discuss with your doctor.


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