What is IBS-D?
If you suffer from abdominal discomfort, bloating, or chronic diarrhea and loose stools due to a specific intestinal disorder like irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), you already know that you often have to change your plans or miss out altogether. These life-disrupting symptoms are the hallmarks of IBS-D.1,2
IBS-D is not just having a “sensitive stomach.” IBS-D is a life-altering and debilitating condition. It is also sometimes confused with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), another condition that can cause abdominal discomfort, chronic diarrhea and loose stools.3
Nearly 35 million Americans have IBS.2 It has been estimated that up to 21% of Americans may be diagnosed with IBS-D.4 While the exact cause of IBS-D is unclear, certain people may be at greater risk of developing it, including5:
- Young people (under age 45)
- Those with a family history of IBS
- People who suffer from anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems
People with IBS-D often suffer from more than 1 symptom, which may include1,5,6:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Bowel problems, including chronic diarrhea and loose stools
- Bloating and gas
- Feeling of “not getting everything out” during a bowel movement (called incomplete emptying)
IBS-D is a serious medical condition that only your doctor can properly diagnose and manage.
Talking with your doctor
Talk to your doctor about getting help for abdominal discomfort, bloating, or chronic diarrhea and loose stools. Print out this free Doctor Discussion Guide to help you, and learn how EnteraGam® may help manage your condition.
Once IBS-D is correctly diagnosed, you can start to manage it, which may lead to fewer limitations in your life. EnteraGam® for IBS-D will tell you more.
You may also be interested in how changes in the environment of your intestine can be a problem and what you can do about it.