If the main symptom of IBS is frequent loose stools (poo), this is referred to as IBS with diarrhoea - written as IBS-D for short.
There are several main types of medications for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), based on the symptoms. However, medication to treat one symptom can make another symptom worse or have side effects.
Before considering a diagnosis of IBS, your doctor may need to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms.
Sometimes the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be affected by the foods in a diet, so restricting these foods can reduce the symptoms.
No one supplement can improve all the symptoms linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and care needs to be taken as some supplements can make symptoms worse.
By keeping a record of your activities, emotions and eating habits in a symptom and food diary, you can help determine what triggers IBS symptoms and how to avoid them.
Although irritable bowel syndrome more commonly occurs in adults, children can develop the condition too.
The symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be all that's needed to confirm a diagnosis of IBS.
These organisations offer information, help and advice about living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Stress may play a part in triggering a person's irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, symptoms. Psychological factors, such as stress and anxiety can cause chemical changes in the body that can affect processes like those that occur in the digestive system.
Psychological factors, such as stress, may play a part in triggering IBS symptoms. One approach to coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, and other talking therapies.
Diet and lifestyle changes may be recommended to help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. Medication or psychological treatments may also be recommended for this type of IBS.
Having IBS symptoms can cause distress, making it hard to remember everything you want to get out of an appointment with a doctor or IBS specialist. Here are some key questions you may want to take with you to ask.
There is no cure for IBS, but there are treatments and lifestyle changes that may help someone cope with irritable bowel syndrome.
As many as 1 in 5 people in the UK may experience symptoms of IBS at some point in their lives, but it still isn’t clear exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome. However, doctors do know there is a range of risk factors affecting a person's chances of developing IBS.
Diet changes can help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation.
Learn about medications, as well as changes in diet, exercise, and stress management that may help you manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhoea.
The discomfort, inconvenience and pain from IBS can also affect a person's mental health, with around three out of four people with IBS experiencing depression at some stage, and half having the unease and worry of generalised anxiety disorder or GAD.
Changes to diet can help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, with diarrhoea.
There are three main types of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), each with slightly different symptoms. Learn more about them here.
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects about one in every five people in the UK at some point in their lives.
Although some people turn to alternative and complementary therapies to help with their IBS, scientific evidence to support many of these treatments is often lacking.
With irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), there are some steps that can be taken to help avoid triggers and prevent symptom flare-ups.
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