Irritable bowel syndrome is one of those conditions which in the past seemed to be used to explain any problems of the gut that couldn’t be easy explained otherwise.
But the condition, usually known as IBS, is very real and affects the colon or large bowel, often painfully.
It is estimated that about one in five Australians experiences the unpleasant symptoms of IBS at some time in their life, and unfortunately the exact causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are unknown.
The good news is that IBS sufferers usually have no physical abnormalities in the bowel.
However IBS symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, bowel pain and diarrhoea can be very severe, and can cause sufferers a lot of discomfort, stress and tension.
Certain factors can ‘trigger’ attacks in susceptible individuals.
- Food intolerance
- General diet
Thankfully, most people who suffer from IBS can to some extent control their symptoms with diet, stress management and medications.
Different treatments work for different people.
Avoiding individual triggers can help many people with IBS, while others choose to take medications at times when their IBS is ‘playing up’.
Choosing the right medicine for you is extremely important.
Speak to one of our pharmacists about any medicines that are available to treat your symptoms, and also ask for copy of our free self care card on Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Also make time to talk about your diet.