IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is a common disorder of the digestive system. Usually, there is nothing physically wrong with the gut, it is caused by the mind i.e. stress. Up to 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from IBS at some stage in their life, usually affects young adults and is slightly more common in women than men.
It can be a deeply worrying, embarrassing and limiting problem
Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include:
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Changes in toilet habits:
- diarrhoea and or constipation
- feeling of not having ‘emptied’ properly
- urgency to go, especially after meals
- Back pain
Stress is a major factor in causing IBS
Check out this page to see how stress, anxiety and physical pain are related
There is no confirmed test that definitely diagnoses IBS and the doctor usually diagnose IBS from the presernting symptoms.
If you suspect you have IBS, please do consult your doctor for him to rule out other conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease,cancer of the ovary, gut infections, etc because symptoms of these other diseases can sometimes be confused with IBS.
If the doctor has ruled out all the above and you still continue to suffer from IBS, give me a ring…..
A client referred her mother to me for unexplained aches and pains. This was a wonderfully, active, gregarious and glamorous ex-hairdresser. The most striking aspect of her medical history was that, unbeknown to her, she had been suffering from IBS for the past 5 years. It transpired that her life revolved around her bowel movements: when out dining, she had to make sure they always sat at a table by the toilet because as soon as she finished eating, she need to go; the night before her weekly Tuesday walks, she would take a couple of co-codamols (which cause constipation) and go without breakfast, just to make sure she didn’t need the toilet.
This had all started after years of serious stress and after one major trauma in her life
I suggested she see her doctor – there was a small chance that her dysfunctional digestion could be causing the unexplained aches and pains but she also needed to be checked out for all the above stated conditions…otherwise, Stress was the cause of her IBS