Do You Suffer From IBS?

If you need IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome advice including symptoms, investigations, diagnosis and treatment options to relieve your symptoms look no further.

Hello, I'm Dr Peter Thatcher and you can learn more about me here.  Over the years I have looked after many sufferers with this condition and I will draw on this experience to help you.

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What Is IBS?

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The irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic condition that affects your digestive tract.

It is a common condition, thought to affect up to 25% of us at any time in our lives. This means that worldwide there are over 1 1/2 billion people worldwide suffering from it so your not alone!

Depending on where you are from it is sometimes referred to as a spastic colon or mucous colitis.

So what are the symptoms?

Flare Symptoms Include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Incomplete Bowel Evacuation
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Tiredness and Fatigue

These can occur at any time, but are often worse at times of stress or if you are feeling anxious. They can often be brought on by life events and the diet you eat.  

The most common age for symptoms is between  twenty and forty years of age although it can affect any age group.

Women are more likely to suffer the symptoms in comparison to men, with a ratio of 2:1

You can learn more about the symptoms of IBS here.

How Is It Diagnosed?

The diagnosis is made on the set of symptoms you have and the length of time you have had them. Whilst this straightforward for most people, sometimes other diagnoses have to be considered. I would always advise that you see a health care professional to confirm that you have the condition.

You can read more about diagnosis and tests you may need.

How Is It Treated?

There are many different treatment options available to you. These may include:

  • Diet - a change to your food intake may make a significant difference to your symptoms. There are many options available to you and you can read more about this in the IBS diet section
  • Medications - some doctors advise medicines to try, particularly when you suffer from more severe symptoms. There are a variety of drugs available that can help with your gut spasms and other bowel symptoms. You can read more about this in the IBS medications section
  • Natural Therapies - some people prefer trying natural alternatives to the more conventional medical therapies. There are a lot of these including treatments such as herbal remedies, colon cleansers, homeopathy, minerals and vitamins to name but a few. You can read more about this in the digestive supplements section

Need More Help?

I always love hearing from my visitors and you can place comments on most pages of this website. You can also leave reviews, share your life stories and meet other like minded people too through the use of facebook comments at the bottom of each page! Oh, and don't forget you can also keep up to date with all the latest information by following my blog!

After all, you may not realize the wealth of information you already have and can impart to others!

Finally, if you want to find out something specific about the irritable bowel syndrome, you can always take a look at the sitemap or use the site search facility too.

Here's what some people have already said:

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