Do you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome?
Tel: 0151 678 3358 Do you suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? We can help you. Call now for a free consultation with a popular and well known Health expert as heard on Radio. what is IBS? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is what doctors call a functional bowel disorder. This means simply that the way your bowel works or functions is altered from normal in some way, even though, when tests are done, the intestines appear normal with no evidence of injury, infection, inflammation or malignancy (cancer). IBS tends to develop between the ages of 20 and 40 and affects men and women equally, although women are three times more likely to seek medical help and it is often worse premenstrually. It sometimes appears after a bout of gastroenteritis or a course of antibiotics. Although IBS may be little more than a minor nuisance, it can become more severe and an unfortunate few are crippled by symptoms. In IBS, food passes more rapidly than usual through the digestive system (rapid transit) causing frequent bowel motions. In addition, the normal gut movements (peristalsis) that propel food through the bowel are stronger and more frequent. Symptoms may include: * Abdominal pain, which is often experienced in one of the four 'corners' of the abdomen. Pain may be triggered by eating and relieved by opening the bowels. * Diarrhoea and constipation (often alternating) * Bloating * Indigestion, rumbling wind and flatulence * Early satiety (feeling full within a short time of starting to eat) * Stools may be ribbon or pellet like and sometimes contain mucus * Although opening your bowels may temporarily alleviate pain you may feel as if they are never emptied properly. what causes it? The bowel of someone with IBS looks normal and healthy and the condition often begins or first becomes noticeable during a period of emotional stress. Unfortunately this has sometimes led to the condition being dismissed as 'psychosomatic'. True, as with many illnesses, anxiety and depression can aggravate symptoms, but that does not mean that it is imaginary. It can also begin after a bout of infective diarrhoea or food poisoning. Some doctors think this may be due to an intolerance to a particular food or foods developing following the infection. Many experts now believe the condition is a result of disturbed chemical messages in the gut leading to a disruption of the peristaltic waves. If you develop symptoms of IBS or a change in your usual bowel habit for the first time after the age of 40, seek medical help as these symptoms appearing for the first time in middle age may sometimes be due to intestinal disease that needs full investigation. complementary Health Can Help. Give me a call now to arrange a free consultation so we can work together to help you with your IBS. Call now on 0151 678 3358 or 07714 853 524 E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.clairehegarty.co.uk