Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a common bowel problem affecting up to 1 in 5 people in the UK. Anyone can get it, at any age, but it is twice as common in women as in men and usually first develops during your twenties.

The symptoms of IBS vary from person to person. For some the symptoms can be an inconvenience but for others it can have a major impact on many aspects of day-to-day life. The cause of IBS is still unknown however research has shown that an imbalance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut can play a significant role. IBS sufferers tend to have a lower level of ‘good’ bacteria. Click here to hear Dr. Hilary Junes and Professor Glen Gibson discuss the role that your gut bacteria play in IBS.

IBS Symptoms

  • Stomach pain and discomfort
    Often described as a ‘spasm’ or ‘colicky’ which usually ‘comes and goes’.
  • Bloating and flatulence
    Swelling of the tummy is common and you may pass more wind than usual.
  • Constipation and/or diarrhoea
    Some suffer bouts of diarrhoea, others from constipation.
  • Other symptoms
    Tiredness, headaches, nausea, poor appetite and bladder symptoms.
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