Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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What is IBS? (Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Disease)
Irritable bowel syndrome is an illness which effects the large intestine. People who have IBS usually experience ‘flare ups’. The flare ups can be caused by certain foods irritating the gut. There is no cure, but there are many ways you can change your lifestyle to help the condition.
What causes IBS?
IBS is thought to be caused by a variety of factors. The most common risks are:
- Powerful antibiotics
- Increases in stress
- Reduction of bacteria in the colon
- Food passing too quickly through your intestines
- Family medical history
- Oversensitive nerves in your intestines
Irritable bowel syndrome can be very frustrating to live with. If you believe you may have developed IBS, it is important to go and visit your doctor. Your doctor will go through procedure to diagnose your symptoms. For instance, they will ask about the frequency of your symptoms and they may organize a blood test to rule out other illnesses such as coeliac disease.
The symptoms of IBS differ for each person. Generally, IBS causes painful cramps after eating, diarrhoea or constipation and bloating where your stomach feels uncomfortably full. IBS sufferers may also notice an increase in flatulence and mucus in their stools.
Most people will experience fluctuations in their symptoms over days. Those with IBS may be able to discover a pattern of ‘flare-ups’ to find out what their triggers may be. Common triggers are alcohol, caffeine and spicy or fatty foods.
Understanding which foods are classed as a ‘FODMAP’ can help sufferers exclude complex sugars from their diet which have been found to cause flare ups.
IBS Pain Relief
By making alterations to lifestyle, many IBS sufferers find their symptoms are much easier to live with. Firstly, you should try and keep a food diary to keep track of any patterns of triggering food.
It is advised to try and always cook homemade meals with fresh ingredients. Don’t avoid meals in an attempt to reduce cramps. You should still eat as normal. Plenty of exercise has been found to help some people with IBS, as well as taking probiotics.
If you are embarrassed of an increase in flatulence or looking for a way to treat your bloating, some changes to diet can have a big impact. Eating porridge more regularly and trying to add around a tablespoon of linseeds into your diet a day is beneficial. Avoid any food which is hard to digest. These include vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, beans, onions and dried fruit.
What IBS Treatment is available?
There are a variety of IBS treatments available in the UK. For the prevention of bloating and gas, senolcalm IBS relief capsules are popular. The pills contain peppermint oil and simethicone which is gentle on the stomach and can be an effective preventative IBS medicine for many people.
Antispasmodics are also commonly prescribed in the UK to relieve IBS. Tablets such as Mebeverine, Alverine CIrate and Buscopan IBS relief all belong to this group of medicine. They help to relax the stomach muscles. By relaxing the muscles, cramping is reduced and bloating may also be relieved.
You can also buy antispasmodics in sachet forms, such as Fybogel Mebeverine. In fact, Fybogel also helps IBS sufferers as it contains ispaghula husk which can help you to go to the toilet and pass stools more easily.
Buy IBS Medication from Our UK Online Pharmacy
Our online pharmacy stocks a range of IBS pills. First you will need to fill in a consultation form. Then, one of our doctors will review your application and prescribe the most appropriate medicine for your symptoms.
We offer a wide range of over the counter and prescription medication that provides effective IBS relief.