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

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IBS-D is a complex condition. It takes time and patience to figure out what will help you feel your best. Not every treatment works for every person -- and your symptoms may change while you’re getting treatment. You may have diarrhea now, then constipation in a few weeks, and then diarrhea again.

Your best bet is to find a doctor who understands IBS and work together on your treatment plan.

SOURCES: 

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

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

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

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable bowel syndrome." 

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2016

SOURCES: 

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

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

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

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable bowel syndrome." 

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2016

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