As one of the many people with IBS or IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, it's important to get the right advice. And as you'll soon discover, there are some remarkable treatments available which can provide a real improvement.
And as a gastroenterologist I have looked after many people and I will draw on this experience to help you feel the improvement you deserve.
So take a few minutes, because I'm going to start by showing you some very important points about the irritable bowel syndrome that you may not know.
It's a common bowel condition affects up to 25% of us at any time in our lives? It's amazing to think that it affects over 1 1/2 billion people worldwide, so your not alone!
In some countries its referred to as "SPASTIC COLON" or "MUCOUS COLITIS", but more commonly it is just known as IBS.
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The symptoms of ibs can occur at any time, but are often worse at times when you are STRESSED or when feeling ANXIOUS.
The most common age for developing the condition is between twenty and forty years of age, although it can affect any anyone and at any stage in your life, although it is much less common over the age of 50 years.
Women are almost twice as likely to be affected than men, suggesting that there may be a hormone driven reason for this.
In my experience, a lot of people SELF-DIAGNOSE themselves. I wouldn't advise this though, because occassionally more serious bowel conditions can mimic the condition.
The diagnosis is made on the set of symptoms you have and the length of time you've had them when other disorders have been excluded through investigation.
Doctors use a set of criteria known as the Rome criterion and you can read more about this on the website.
There are many different TREATMENT options available and these can provide a significant improvement.
They may include:
You can find out more about each of these options in the IBS treatment section.
So, I hope by now you have a better understanding of the condition. Do take a look around the website for free help on all aspects of the condition. And you can also keep up with all the latest on my blog!
You have my very best wishes