IBS and lactose intolerance cause symptoms that are nearly identical. But there are distinct differences in why they happen and how you handle them.
Here are 10 questions to ask your doctor about irritable bowel syndrome.
Your best bet for IBS may involve a special diet, medicine, supplements, stress relief, and alternative treatments, or all of the above.
People who have IBS-D can often find relief from several types of treatment, including dietary changes, medication, stress relief, behavioral therapy, or alternative therapy.
The goal of treatment for IBS-C is more than just easing bowel problems. It's also to soothe the stomachaches, pain, and bloating that are also common symptoms.
Medicine may be prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, diarrhea, or constipation that does not respond to home treatment.
Stress and anxiety don’t cause irritable bowel syndrome, but they can make it worse. That’s why some people with IBS turn to behavioral therapy.
Some natural remedies can help you ease the pain, gas, bloating, stress, and diarrhea of IBS-D.
Whenever you have a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome that lasts a long time, or if you get a new symptom, see your doctor.