Tips for Talking With Your Doctor
It can be embarrassing to talk about chronic diarrhea and loose stools. But your doctor needs to hear about all of your symptoms to help determine if the underlying cause is a specific intestinal disorder, like irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or something else.
Prepare for your visit
Download this free Doctor Discussion Guide to help keep track of your symptoms for 2 weeks before your visit. Bring it with you to show your doctor.
Before your visit1,2
- Be prepared to discuss your medical history
- Bring a list of all of your medications as well as over-the-counter therapies, supplements, and herbal remedies
- Write your questions down ahead of time
- Bring something you can take notes with (such as a notepad, phone, or tablet)
- Consider asking a family member or friend to go with you (2 sets of ears are better than 1)
During your visit1,2
- Take good notes to help you remember what was discussed
- Ask as many questions as you need to
- Have the doctor explain anything that you don’t understand
- Confirm the best way to communicate with the doctor (such as by phone, e-mail, or an online medical portal, if available)
- Ask if you will be able to access your medical records online
- Get to know the nurses and the office staff—they may be helpful when the doctor is not available
Ask your doctor about EnteraGam®
If you are not currently on therapy: ask your doctor about whether starting with a nondrug therapy like EnteraGam® is right for you.
If you are on therapy but still experiencing chronic diarrhea and loose stools: ask your doctor about adding EnteraGam® to your current GI medication.