If you are more nervous, irritable and uncomfortable than normal and have GI symptoms, talk to you health care provider.
During the current pandemic, you might be feeling more nervous, irritable and uncomfortable than normal. These feelings may lead to other symptoms in your body, often digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI), symptoms, such as stomach pain, diarrhea or constipation. But, how do you know if your GI symptoms are being caused by an issue in your gut?
It is important to talk to your health care provider during the current COVID-19 pandemic and not put off needed medical discussions or visits, either by telemedicine or in person.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common health issue, impacting more than 35 million Americans. IBS is a health issue found in your intestines (gut) that can cause symptoms such as:
There are different types of IBS, so each person may not have the same symptoms.
You may often have loose stool, feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom or have cramps or belly pain.
You may find it hard to go to the bathroom, may not often move your bowels or may have an urge to go but cannot.
You may have symptoms of both IBS-D and IBS-C.
Hospitals and health care providers are getting ready to re-open all health care services.
But, how do you know which medical needs you can talk about during a telemedicine visit or when to see a health care provider in their office? As a patient, how do you know when it is safe to return to health care offices, and what should you expect when you do?
Below are some recommendations to help guide you as you seek treatment for your IBS.
Talk with your health care provider about your provider’s facilities and the precautions they are putting in place to keep patients safe. Health care providers are preparing to care for you safely. You may be asked to do the following by your provider:
Precautions are being taken to make sure your care is safe and that you are protected. Patients should have trust in seeking care. Your health care providers are doing their best to keep you, your family and your community safe.
Updated August 2020