How to Talk to Your Doctor-the Doctor's Perspective
Functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), have a wide variability in symptoms and activity and require a lot of patient help in the management of the disorder. However, most physicians have been forced by the economics of managed care to see more patients in less time than ever before. Patients with functional GI disorders often tend to require more time than the average patient because multiple factors may be involved - time to discuss things like diet, stress, or exercise, and their effects on this disorder. Here are a few suggestions which can help improve the worth of the time that you do have with your physician.