Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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IBS is a chronic digestive system disorder which affects 10 20 per cent of the UK’s population.

In this article:
What is IBS?
Diagnosis
How Chemist Online can help
Symptoms
Effect on your life
Advice & Support
Causes
Treatments

What is IBS?
IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions. It is twice as common in women as it is in men.

Statistics show that IBS commonly affects people between the ages of 20 and 45, but children and people over 45 can also suffer from IBS. Gathering reliable statistics about IBS can be difficult, however, because many sufferers feel embarr ed about their condition and so fail to report their symptoms to their GP.

Symptoms
IBS symptoms include abdominal pain (sometimes crippling), a feeling of bloatedness, soreness, wind, diarrhoea and constipation. The severity of these symptoms can fluctuate – being much more troublesome at times than others. In fact, there may be periods when you experience no symptoms whatsoever.

Causes
There is normally no obvious cause. In fact, the exact cause of the condition is still unknown. It often begins during a period of emotional stress – during times of depression or anxiety, for example – with symptoms worsening in stressful situations.

From a physiological perspective, IBS can sometimes develop through exaggerated contractions of the muscles in the intestinal walls; after a gastrointestinal infection; through certain food intolerances; a lack of dietary fibre; and through eating meals at irregular intervals.



Diagnosis
There is no clear test to determine if you are suffering from this condition. However, your GP will look for signs of typical IBS symptoms and also ask you to undergo a physical examination.

Effect on your life
There is no known cure, so IBS is something that you need to come to accept and learn to live with. You may find that you have to use the toilet 4 or 5 times in the morning, due to the feeling of not quite emptying yourself each time you go. This, as well as abdominal pains and the need to regularly use the toilet through the rest of the day, can have an adverse effect on your work, social and family life.

Treatments
Once you have been examined by your GP, the best approach to coping with the condition is to manage the symptoms as best you can.

Try to avoid stress, take regular exercise, maintain a diet where wheat products, fat-rich foods (such as dairy foods) and red meat are avoided (to aid digestion), and which includes plenty of liquids, fruit, and soluble fibre foods which all help to prevent constipation.

Some anti-spasmodic drugs may help to relieve the pain of IBS, as they slow the contractions in the bowel. Antidepressants are also known to be effective when it comes to reducing pain (and also diarrhoea).

How Chemist Online can help
We can recommend Buscopan IBS Relief Tablets – an antispasmodic medication which can relieve painful bowel cramps and spasms in medically confirmed IBS.

 

jesha girl

Can irritable bowel syndrome can lead to more terrifying diseases to women? What's on it? I want to know more about it's symptoms and how can woman prevent that from having. What are its treatment?..Please, just curius..

 

melanie

Thanks for the very informative topics you have there. It's very helpful to a lots of women you are suffering from such kind of syndrome. God bless you.Continue to inform others.

 

denise

Your post is very helpful and informative. Thank you very much! You've given us an idea of what is IBS and how we could find treatments in it. Once again, thank you so much!

 

geraldine

Can you ellaborate further what is really an Irritable bowel syndrome? Does females are the only ones who can be affected by this kind of disorder? What about the males? Are they safe with this?

 

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