Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment Cambridge
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long-term (chronic) gastrointestinal condition. In other words, it is a condition that affects the digestive system and can manifest itself with a number of symptoms. The main symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are abdominal pain and discomfort, episodes of constipation and/or diarrhoea and/or bloating of the abdomen.
The symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can fluctuate. There may be times when your symptoms are particularly troublesome and times when you experience no symptoms at all.
Although Irritable Bowel Syndrome poses no serious threat to health, it can have an adverse effect on a person’s quality of life. The exact causes of IBS are unknown.
How common is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions. It is estimated that 10-20% of the UK’s population are affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome at any one time, although this figure may be higher because many people with the condition do not report their symptoms to their GP.
IBS is twice as common in women as it is in men and the condition normally develops in people who are between 20-30 years of age, but it can affect people of any age.
While there is no cure for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the symptoms can be controlled by lifestyle changes and remedies.
Therapies for Help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)