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Understanding ‘IBS’ Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Understanding… ..‘Why You Feel The Way You Feel’

IBS is more common than one imagines - with 1 in 5>6 people affected - though that figure may be much higher due to many people feeling embarrassed about admitting they have the undiagnosed symptoms and/or the diagnosed IBS condition. IBS is said to be the second highest cause of absenteeism after back pain in the NHS. IBS is a functional bowel disorder i.e. It is not caused by an illness.

IBS Self-diagnosed? or Medically-diagnosed? Not sure whether your symptoms are in fact the same as others - those who have been diagnosed with the medically assessed condition of IBS?

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‘Unlock The Power Of Your Mind To Help Your Body’ Overview’ ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome’ IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a common condition of the digestive system and can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Whilst there's no medically known cure for IBS, the symptoms can be relieved by changing your diet and lifestyle and ‘Complementary Therapy’ such as Hypnotherapy & NLP [Neuro Linguistic Programming] can and often does help relieve and control symptoms & outcomes. Sometimes medication can help, too.

The complementary intervention of Hypno/NLP techniques upon the ‘Body/Mind’ can change the reliance on such drug interventions and allow the enormous power of the subconscious mind to change the way we feel both physically mentally and emotionally. IBS isn't a dangerous condition. There's no obvious abnormality of the bowel, and, although it can feel uncomfortable, the condition poses no serious threat to your health. For example, it won't increase your chances of developing cancer or other bowel conditions.

The precise cause of IBS is unclear, but it may be triggered by stress, problems with your immune system or a problem with how the muscles of your gut squeeze food through your bowel. The symptoms of IBS usually come on for the first time between the ages of 20 and 30. They're not usually continuous, but tend to come and go in bouts, often during times of stress or after eating certain foods.

The symptoms can vary from one person to another and be worse in some people than others. But most people experience either diarrhoea or constipation or bouts of both, and sometimes notice mucus in their stools. It's also common to find that painful cramps ease after you've been to the toilet to open your bowels. It can also affect other bodily functions / systems resulting in indigestion - headaches - fatigue - backache in both male and female suffers as well as poor self-esteem.

When to see a doctor - If you think you could have IBS, make an appointment to see your GP. Your doctor will want to make sure that it is IBS that you have and not another more serious illness, such as food allergy, an infection or an overactive thyroid gland. Your GP will probably ask you to describe your symptoms and whether there is a pattern to them, for instance if they come on when you're under more stress than usual or after eating certain foods. Your GP may ask you to keep a food diary to see if diet affects your symptoms.

You'll only need further tests if you have certain "red flag" symptoms indicating that you may have a more serious condition than IBS. These symptoms include:

Unexplained weight loss a swelling or lump in your abdomen or back passage bleeding from your back passage (bottom) anaemia…

Read more about how IBS is diagnosed.