Talking with your healthcare provider (HCP) about the symptoms you’re experiencing—and even how you feel about your symptoms or how much they bother you—can be enough to get an IBS-D diagnosis.

4 Signs That May Lead to an IBS-D Diagnosis

Getting diagnosed may be easier than you think. HCPs can diagnose IBS-D based on your symptom history, and the standards continue to evolve and change. An IBS-D diagnosis can now be made by an HCP earlier when compared to previous standards.


Recurring abdominal pain associated with going to the bathroom, changes in frequency and/or appearance of stool for an average of at least 1 day/week for the last 3 months


Symptoms that interfere with daily activities, require attention, or cause worry

Symptoms that bother you enough to speak with an HCP can still allow for a diagnosis of IBS-D to be made


Symptoms that impact daily life and have been bothering you for at least 8 weeks

Thinking your symptoms are IBS-D? Start the conversation with your doctor with this guide.

Signs that your symptoms may not be caused by IBS-D

If you have symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, or bloating—in addition to the symptoms listed here— talk with your HCP. Your symptoms may be caused by a different medical problem that may require immediate attention.

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Nighttime symptoms that wake you
  • Blood in your stool
  • Anemia or other abnormal blood tests
  • Family history of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or celiac disease
  • New onset of symptoms at age 50 or older
  • New and/or worsening symptoms
  • Fever

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