Signs that your symptoms may not be caused by IBS-D
If you have symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, or bloating, plus any of the following, talk with your healthcare provider. Your symptoms may be caused by a different medical problem.
- 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
How is IBS-D diagnosed?
Healthcare providers can now diagnose IBS-D based on your symptom history, which means medical tests aren't needed. If are ruled out, your healthcare provider may ask:
- Has your stomach pain been bothering you for an average of at least 1 day every week for the last 3 months?
- Are more than 25% of your stools/bowel movements loose or watery (diarrhea) and are less than 25% hard or lumpy (constipation)?
- Did your symptoms start at least 6 months ago?