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Is Your Bowel Irritable?

Is Your Bowel Irritable?

IBS is a widespread functional digestive disorder (functional means there are symptoms but no signs of actual disease). It affects approximately 10-15% of the world population!

Symptoms are usually frequent, and people often suffer over long periods of time. IBS is divided into subtypes - IBS with constipation, IBS with diarrhoea or IBS with mixed constipation/diarrhoea. Other common symptoms include bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, nausea, depression and fatigue.

Treatments are usually based on the main symptoms, although for many people, medical treatments do not lead to complete relief from symptoms and this may have significant effects on sufferers' lives, such as missing work and avoiding social activities.

IBS seems to be an "umbrella" diagnosis - it gives one label to a collection of symptoms which may in fact have several different causes. So, several people with a diagnosis of IBS may each have different root causes for their symptoms - which consequently may need to be addressed in different ways.

Using a functional medicine, personalised approach makes a great deal of sense when dealing with IBS. The aim would be to identify causes of symptoms and consider how dietary,nutritional and lifestyle changes can be used to help resolve these. This approach would also be taking a holistic view, looking at how what is going on in the gut is connected to what is going on in other parts of the body.

If you have been struggling with chronic IBS or similar symptoms and need support getting to the root cause, please get in touch to see how I can help.