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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: 8 Ways to Manage IBD Symptoms

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Daniel Lew, M.D.
November 23, 2022

It’s common to experience digestive symptoms like stomach cramps or diarrhea occasionally. But if symptoms like these persist and start to interfere with your day-to-day life, it may be time to check in with your doctor about any underlying gastrointestinal (GI) issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

IBD may occur alongside other chronic conditions. IBD is thought of as an immune-mediated condition, or one that involves a dysregulated (or inappropriate) immune response. And having one immune-mediated condition increases your risk of developing another. You may be at a higher risk of IBD if you have another condition such as:

“The pathways that lead to these inflammatory disorders overlap,” says Jordan Axelrad, M.D., board-certified gastroenterologist and director of clinical and translational research for NYU Langone’s IBD Center, in New York City. “And so it's commonplace that we do see these overlapping immune-mediated diseases.”