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How difficult is it to live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Irritable bowel syndrome can be tough to live with. How tough? A 2015 survey from the American Gastroenterological Association found that 47% of people with IBS would give up their cell phone just to feel 1 month of relief from their symptoms.

In about a third of cases of this digestive disorder, people also get diarrhea. That's known as IBS-D.

Let your doctor know about your symptoms -- even if talking about them feels uncomfortable -- because there are more treatment options than ever.

SOURCES:

Canavan, C., Clinical Epidemiology, February 2014, “The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome.”

IBS in America Survey, American Gastroenterological Association.

Current and future treatments for IBS-D, Mayo Clinic.

Lewis, J.H., Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, February 2010,  “Alosetron for severe diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome: safety and efficacy in perspective.”

Ischemic colitis, Mayo Clinic.

Irritable bowel syndrome: Treatment and drugs, Mayo Clinic.

Grover, M., Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, June 2014, “Ramosetron in Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Diarrhea: New Hope or the Same Old Story?”

Chang, L., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, September 2010, “An Evidence-based Approach to Therapy in IBS-D: A Case Study Compendium.”

FDA approves two therapies to treat IBS-D, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Disease management: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education.

Aragon, G., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, January 2010, “Probiotic therapy for irritable bowel syndrome.”

Walters, J., Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, November 2010, " Managing bile acid diarrhea.”

Overview of Biliary Function, Merck Manual.

Annahazi, A., World Journal of Gastroenterology, May 28, 2014, "Role of antispasmodics in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.”

Philpott, H., Asia Pacific Allergy, April 2011, “Irritable bowel syndrome - An inflammatory disease involving mast cells.”

Peyton, L., Pharmacy & Therapeutics, August 2014, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Current and Emerging Treatments.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Canavan, C., Clinical Epidemiology, February 2014, “The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome.”

IBS in America Survey, American Gastroenterological Association.

Current and future treatments for IBS-D, Mayo Clinic.

Lewis, J.H., Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, February 2010,  “Alosetron for severe diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome: safety and efficacy in perspective.”

Ischemic colitis, Mayo Clinic.

Irritable bowel syndrome: Treatment and drugs, Mayo Clinic.

Grover, M., Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, June 2014, “Ramosetron in Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Diarrhea: New Hope or the Same Old Story?”

Chang, L., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, September 2010, “An Evidence-based Approach to Therapy in IBS-D: A Case Study Compendium.”

FDA approves two therapies to treat IBS-D, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Disease management: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education.

Aragon, G., Gastroenterology and Hepatology, January 2010, “Probiotic therapy for irritable bowel syndrome.”

Walters, J., Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, November 2010, " Managing bile acid diarrhea.”

Overview of Biliary Function, Merck Manual.

Annahazi, A., World Journal of Gastroenterology, May 28, 2014, "Role of antispasmodics in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.”

Philpott, H., Asia Pacific Allergy, April 2011, “Irritable bowel syndrome - An inflammatory disease involving mast cells.”

Peyton, L., Pharmacy & Therapeutics, August 2014, “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Current and Emerging Treatments.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

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