Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
About Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS is a complex condition and we don’t really understand
the cause. It usually means you have more sensitive bowels than most people and in
many cases it can be aggravated by stress, or dietary factors. If you do have IBS, it’s
good to know that many of the symptoms can be treated. IMODIUM® is indicated
for those previously diagnosed with IBS.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: the facts
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a very common condition with between 10-20% of adults experiencing symptoms at some point in their lives. Some people can suffer for years from the unsettling symptoms of IBS. The exact cause of IBS is not yet fully understood, but a number of factors can lead to bowel sensitivity.If you are experiencing typical IBS symptoms, it’s best to visit your GP to get a confirmed diagnosis.
What causes IBS symptoms?
Here are the most common reasons for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
Stress: Stress and anxiety are generally agreed by doctors to be aggravating factors with IBS. Incidents such as divorce or work problems can affect your natural digestive rhythm.
Illness: If you have ever had a severe gastrointestinal infection, for example dysentery, in the past you might continue to have bowel problems later.
Diet: Eating on the run usually has a negative effect on your bowels. If you eat a diet that’s low in fibre and high in fat, this can also easily disrupt your bowels normal rhythm.
Hormones: For women, menstruation and other hormonal changes can cause or aggravate IBS.
The symptoms of IBS
The symptoms of IBS can vary from person to person. Here are the most common symptoms:
- Cramp-like abdominal pain
- Fullness and bloating
- Persistent constipation and/or diarrhoea
- Passing mucus as well as stools
- Feeling like you haven’t completely emptied your bowels
If you think you might be suffering from IBS, you should see your doctor to and discuss the symptoms. If you do have IBS, and suffer diarrhoea as a consequence, IMODIUM® can be a helpful way to manage.