The large intestine is affected by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Abdominal cramps, bloating, and bowel changes can be symptoms of the condition. The disorder causes constipation for some people. There are some who have diarrhoea. Others alternate between the two. Despite the discomfort it causes, IBS does not harm the digestive system.
Some people confuse this condition with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, like ulcerative colitis and Crohn`s disease. IBS is a different condition and much less serious.
There is a high prevalence of IBS. Most often, it affects people younger than 45 and is twice as common in women as it is in men. IBS has no known cause.
No specific test exists for it. You may undergo tests to ensure you don’t have any other diseases. There are several types of tests you can undergo, including stool sampling tests, blood tests, and x-rays. You may also need to undergo a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy.
In most cases, diet, stress management, probiotics, and medication can control IBS symptoms.
To discuss diagnosis and treatment options, please book an appointment with our specialist.
To learn more about irritable bowel syndrome, please click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych