Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder in the gut-brain axis (the way the gut and the brain communicate with one another).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF IBS?
The symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhoea, constipation or a mixture of both. Approximately one third of those with IBS suffer from bouts of constipation, one third suffer from bouts of diarrhoea and most other people don’t fall into a single pattern. Other symptoms include bloating and urgency. IBS affects more women than men, and affects all ethnicities.
WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?
Treatments are very individual, as they vary depending on your symptoms. They can include medications, diet and lifestyle factors. It is important to work alongside your doctor with the treatments you would like to try, but please remember that IBS symptoms are individual. What works for one person might not always work for another.
There are some very simple changes you can make to your diet that may be helpful to reduce your symptoms. It is important that you work alongside a registered dietitian that is trained in treating people with IBS before making any drastic changes to your diet. Dietitians are available to see within the NHS – ask your consultant or GP for a referral.
For useful resources please see Guts UK!
For useful resources please see NHS website
Patient webinars for people diagnosed with IBS