Symptoms of IBS
While the exact cause of IBS is not fully understood, we know it’s a case of sensitive bowels. For some people, IBS can be aggravated by stress or certain foods. For some, the symptoms persist for years, which can mean years of frequent diarrhoea.
Here are some common symptoms of IBS, which can vary from person to person:
- 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
- Urgency and incontinence
Causes of IBS
A number of factors can lead to bowel sensitivity. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Stress. Many doctors agree that stress and anxiety can aggravate your natural digestive rhythm.
- Illness. If you’ve ever had a severe gastrointestinal infection like dysentery in the past, you might continue to have bowel problems later.
- Diet. A diet that’s low in fibre and high in fat can disrupt your bowels’ normal rhythm, while eating on the run can upset your bowels too.
- Hormones. For women, menstruation and other hormonal changes can cause or aggravate IBS.
How to manage IBS-related diarrhoea
If you have sensitive bowels, it needn’t restrict your life. There are lots of things you can do to manage your condition, which you can find out about in our Managing Your Diarrhoea area.
Do you have IBS?
If you’re not sure whether you have IBS but you’re experiencing some of the symptoms, it’s best to see your GP to get a diagnosis.
Treating Diarrhoea with IMODIUM®
You can treat diagnosed IBS-related diarrhoea with IMODIUM®. IMODIUM® works in harmony with your body to help restore its natural rhythm, gently slowing digestion back down to a normal pace.