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How do you know what treatment is right for your IBS with constipation (IBS-C)?

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Work with your doctor to choose the right treatment plan for you -- not every treatment works for every person. You may need to try several different therapies, or different combinations, before you find what works.

Also, your symptoms may change with treatment. You may feel constipated and swollen now, have diarrhea and cramping in a few weeks, and then go back to being constipated.

With proper treatment -- and some patience -- you can manage your IBS-C symptoms and lead an active life.

SOURCES:

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

FDA.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

FDA.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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