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Understanding more about bowel problems / IBS

 Author: All-Bran | 18.05.2015

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common bowel problems that affect the digestive system. Symptoms of IBS include cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation and there isn’t any known cause.

"Symptoms can vary from person to person, and some people can be more severely affected than others."

IBS tends to come and go in periods lasting from a few days to, in more extreme cases, months. IBS can be a source of great stress and embarrassment for sufferers.

IBS affects up to one in five people at some point in their life and usually occurs between the ages of 20-30 years of age. Twice as many women are affected as men.

How to recognise if you have IBS

There are many symptoms of IBS; some are milder than others. While some complaints may feel like IBS, they may in fact be associated with a different bowel complaint.

If you are concerned that you may be suffering from IBS we recommend that you visit your doctor and they will be able to advise you on how best to manage your digestive health or alternatively contact Core for details on local events, clinics and advice on digestive health.

about bowel problems / IBS

For more information about IBS, read the World Gastroenterology Organisation Global Guideline on IBS here.

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