It's important to remember that the symptoms of IBS-D may be managed with the help of your doctor. Your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that's right for you, depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms.
Your treatment plan may include:
A symptom diary: Your doctor may ask you to keep track of when your symptoms occur and what, if anything, seems to trigger your symptoms. This could be anything from stress to certain foods or drinks to changes in exercise routine.
Diet and lifestyle changes: Your doctor may also recommend making changes to your diet and lifestyle to help manage your symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, these changes may include:
- Limiting certain foods like complex carbohydrates and fatty foods as well as caffeine and alcohol
- Reducing stress through relaxation techniques and regular exercise like walking or yoga
- Drinking more water to stay hydrated. About 6-8 glasses a day is recommended
- Staying active with about 20-30 minutes of exercise a day
Non-prescription (over-the-counter medications): Your doctor may recommend trying over-the-counter options for diarrhea. Ask your doctor about the benefits and risks of each treatment option.
Treatment Options: There are medications available for the treatment of IBS-D. Ask your doctor about the benefits and risks of each treatment option.