Concerned about the amount of wind you're passing or the constant cramps, constipation or diarrhoea that's been plaguing you?
Chances are you may have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As many as 15% of adults experience IBS at some stage, but many go undiagnosed because their bowel shows no indication of any damage or disease when examined.
So what is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
If you have recurrent upper and lower gastrointestinal tract discomfort and abdominal pain with symptoms of constipation, diarrhoea or both at least once every ten days, then you may have IBS.
The condition is fairly common, although often not diagnosed. It is believed that as many as 1 in 7 people in Australia suffer this condition, which can mean chronic and constant symptoms for some.
Women are three times more likely to suffer IBS than men and the condition is exacerbated around menstruation. While symptoms and severity differ from person to person, some common indications are:
These symptoms may also include and are sometimes brought on by the above symptoms:
There are three diagnoses of Irritable Bowel Syndrome which include:
Causes of IBS
While it was initially believed to be a combination of physical and mental issues, such as stress or anxiety, doctors now agree that while emotional stress may irritate or worsen IBS symptoms, they are not causative.
There is no known specific cause for IBS, but it is believed to be a combination of:
Unfortunately there is no known cure for IBS. Sufferers may experience symptoms for a short time only, where others will live with chronic symptoms. However, research has found that avoiding certain foods and medications may assist in the management and severity of IBS. The following is a list of foods and medications to avoid that can irritate and/or trigger symptoms:
Suspect you have IBS? Keep a journal of your symptoms and note any food or medications you have had at times symptoms appear. Learning relaxation techniques and stress management will also help as will good sleep routine.
Don't suffer in silence with your IBS or feel that medication is the only light at the end of the tunnel. There are some very natural ways we can help you identify your triggers, reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life without any added side effects.
Call us today on (07) 5525 2211 to make an appointment with one of our highly experienced naturopaths and get back on the path to health and wellness.
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