Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is usually a chronic, relapsing and remitting disorder. Patients usually suffer with this for their whole lives. The symptoms of IBS can involve constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, and stomach discomfort. 

 

Symptoms of IBS

To diagnose IBS, we need to look for symptoms that include stomach pain that is relieved by passing stools (poo) plus; at least two of the following four symptoms:

    • A change in how you pass stools (straining, urgency, incomplete bowel emptying)
    • Bloating of your stomach (women tend to get this more than men), distension of your stomach, tension and/or hardness of your stomach
    • Symptoms are made worse by eating
    • Passage of mucus when you pass stools 

IBS can come with other symptoms too, you may experience tiredness, nausea (feeling sick), backache and even bladder symptoms.

 

Treatment of IBS

Things you can do to improve your symptoms 

  • Increase the amount of soluble fibre in your diet – do this slowly 
    • Some foods that are high in soluble fibre are; Brussel sprouts, black beans, sweet potatoes, pears, figs and oats. 
  • Keep a food diary of things you eat, this will be helpful to share with your Doctor to decide if there is anything that is aggravating or causing your symptoms

Drugs we can use to treat your symptoms 

  • Antispasmodics e.g. mebeverine
  • Peppermint capsules 
  • Laxatives to treat any constipation – your Doctor will advise which one is best for you
  • Anti-motility drugs (drugs to stop diarrhoea)

To speak with a practitioner about IBS treatment contact us today.