| | How do you know if it's IBS?
I have a couple questions re: IBS. First of all, is it possible to have a "mild" case of it, experiencing symptoms, but never severe enough to stop me from my normal daily routine? And second, what tests, etc. are used to diagnose? I've been having some symptoms, off and on for maybe 6-7 months, but never severe, just annoying. I get diarrhea more frequently than I think is normal, and other times am constipated, and when I do go, there is mucous as well. I'm wondering if it could possibly be IBS, or related to other digestive problems I've had in the past. I had a polyp removed from my small intestine twice, and got pancreatitis both times, but don't know if there's any connection there. I'm supposed to be following a low-fat diet, but am not always successful, and notice that sometimes the diarrhea happens when I eat something that has too much fat. I also have some pain/discomfort on my left side, just under my ribs. It feels kind of like a stitch in my side, but seems to have gotten a slightly worse over the last couple of weeks.
I'm scheduled to have a colonoscopy in about 3 weeks (as a precaution because of my previous problems), and am wondering what to ask my dr. re: these symptoms. Also, if it is IBS, what will show during the colonoscopy, if anything? I'm 37, female, slightly overweight. Any insigt would be appreciated!