Tests for IBS
There's no test for IBS, but you might need some tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.
Your GP may arrange:
- a blood test to check for problems like coeliac disease
- tests on a sample of your poo to check for infections and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
You won't usually need further tests in hospital unless your GP isn't sure what the problem is.
What happens if you're diagnosed with IBS
If your GP thinks you have IBS, they'll talk to you about what it is and what the treatment options are.
It might be difficult to take in everything they tell you.
If you're unsure about something afterwards, write down any questions you have and make another appointment to go over them.
The IBS Network also has online information you might find useful.