Two Types Of IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is estimated to affect anywhere from 25 to 45 million Americans. As one of the most common conditions that we treat here at Vanguard Gastroenterology, IBS can sometimes feel debilitating because of how painful and inconvenient it is. One thing that many people are unaware of, however, is that there are actually two types of IBS: IBS and IBSD. Let’s take a closer look at these two conditions and how they vary.


IBS is an intestinal issue that causes abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, and constipation. Although the causes of IBS aren’t entirely known, there are many contributing factors that can cause flare-ups such as spicy foods, caffeine, stress, and anxiety. Usually, with small lifestyle changes such as adding more fiber to your diet, getting regular exercise, and drinking more water, patients find relief from their constipation pain and start having more regular bowel movements.


IBSD or irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea is similar to IBS, but instead of constipation, patients typically have chronic diarrhea. The causes of IBSD are usually the same as with IBS and the symptoms are also similar, except many patients experience a bit more cramping because of the diarrhea. Similar to IBS, small lifestyle changes can also help relieve patients of IBSD symptoms.

Nothing can be quite as embarrassing and frustrating as living with IBS or IBSD. If you suffer from any symptoms associated with either traditional IBS or IBSD, the best way to get treatment is to get a proper diagnosis first. Once you have been diagnosed, we can then work on a treatment plan to help you feel more comfortable. To learn more about IBS or IBSD, schedule a consultation appointment at our office today and call us at our MidTown.