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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.

From: Medical Treatment Options for IBS-D WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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

IBS in America Survey, American Gastroenterological Association.

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

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

Ischemic colitis, Mayo Clinic.

Irritable bowel syndrome: Treatment and drugs, Mayo Clinic.

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

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

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

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

Overview of Biliary Function, Merck Manual.

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

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

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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