No insurance – should I bother paying to see a HCP?

I’ve heard many stories about people with IBS going to a Health Care Provider only to be disappointed by their experience. With mostly IBS-C symptoms of gas, bloating, occasional constipation, and fatigue – I’d hate to waste the time and money only for a doctor to tell me it’s “just IBS” and suggest to me that I monitor my diet (which I’ve already been doing). Background: I’ve struggled with symptoms for about 3 years and I’ve noticed a dramatic increase within the last 6 months. I’ve tried so many things such including an elimination diet, over the counter supplements, acupuncture, fiber increase (which makes symptoms worse), plus I exercise 4x a week and drink plenty of water. At this point, I’m thinking I might order an online food sensitivity test over going to a HCP and just continue to monitor my diet. BUT I’m also super willing to shell out the cash to see a specialist if someone can convince me that their experience with IBS was dramatically influenced by a visit to a HCP. Open to anything at this point!


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  • Chris Hall moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks for submitting your question, galbrai2! We’ve heard many community members talk about their challenges with their health care providers and getting adequate treatment. That fact that some doctors chalk it up to “just IBS” is really disheartening. While we wait for others to respond, I thought I’d share this article with you: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/living/tips-for-talking-doctor-ibs/. I hope this is helpful! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team Member

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