Not everyone may understand how challenging life can be when you are living with IBS-D. People with IBS or IBS-D cope with their disease in a variety of ways.
Depending on what triggers your symptoms or what the underlying causes might be, there are some lifestyle changes that could help.
If your lifestyle changes or your medication hasn’t helped, ask your healthcare provider what else you could try. There are different types of prescription treatments for IBS-D, so if you’re not satisfied with one, be sure to ask about trying something else.
Talk to your healthcare provider about your symptoms to help decide with treatment option may be right for you.
Your healthcare provider can be an important part of living with IBS-D. There are many possible causes of IBS-D, and the symptoms you experience can be different from other people with IBS-D. Your symptoms may even change over time, so keep your healthcare provider informed about everything you experience.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your healthcare provider about all of your symptoms, such as abdominal pain or diarrhea, when your symptoms started, their frequency and severity, anything that triggers them, and how they may have changed.
Be sure to talk about any lifestyle changes you have made and all of the treatments you have tried, even if you were not satisfied. This will help your healthcare provider determine what other options might be right for you.
When doctors were asked what was most lacking in the treatment of IBS, one of the top answers was:
patient/healthcare professional communication.
The IBS in America survey, conducted by the American Gastroenterological Association