IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The term Irritable Bowel Syndrome covers a number of conditions, one of which is Trapped Wind, dealt with separately here

Symptoms

Symptoms arise when colon muscles become sensitive and then spasm, possibly as a response to diet factors and stress, but it can also be indicative of a serious medical problem.
IBS symptoms include:

IBS symptoms could indicate other medical conditions and therefore it is important to see your doctor, especially if,

IBS is often diagnosed when investigations find no organic basis for the symptoms.

Treatment

The following may help in alleviating the symptoms:

Eat more leafy vegetables and fruit. Snack on dried fruit apricots (prunes, apricots etc. rather than biscuits, chocolate or crisps. Be warned, this may initially increase flatulence and bloating, but research had shown that fibre improves bowel function. Link here.

Please Note
Information given here should not replace consultation with you doctor.

See also Trapped Wind - Insomnia - Eczema

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page rewritten 2nd August 2009