Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
What is IBS? (Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Disease)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a very common condition that affects your digestive system, creating symptoms like stomach pain, cramps, diarrhoea and constipation. While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, it is believed to be related to food passing through the digestive system too quickly or too slowly, stress, family history and oversensitive nerves.
People with IBS will normally have it for the rest of their lives, which can have a significant impact on your daily life – from the food you eat to dealing with the discomfort.
There is currently no cure for IBS, but there are several medications available to help ease the symptoms. Cutting out certain foods and making certain lifestyle and diet changes can also help to make life easier for sufferers. This allows you to carry on with life as normal, with minimal disruption from your condition.
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. If you suffer stomach cramps but feel better after a bowel movement, these could also be symptoms of IBS.
Other symptoms may include backache, problems urinating (such as needing to urinate more often or feeling like you cannot fully empty your bladder), nausea and incontinence.
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 include 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.
What causes IBS?
What causes IBS is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a variety of factors.
The most common risks which are associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are:
- Powerful antibiotics
- Increases in stress levels
- A 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 are exhibiting IBS symptoms, it is important to go and visit your doctor. Your doctor will go through a procedure to diagnose your symptoms. For instance, they will ask about the frequency of your symptoms and how long you have had them. They may also organise a blood test to rule out other illnesses, such as coeliac disease.
If you have any of the below symptoms, you should ask for an emergency appointment to see your doctor – they could be symptoms of a more serious condition:
- You have swelling or a hard lump in your stomach
- You have lost weight for no reason
- You have rectal bleeding or bloody diarrhoea
You have shortness of breath, pale skin or heart palpitations
There are a variety of IBS treatments available in the UK. For the prevention of bloating and gas, Senocalm 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 out 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. If you order from our online pharmacy by 2pm, we can offer you free next day delivery on your medication.
IBS Pain Relief
By making certain lifestyle changes, many sufferers find their IBS symptoms are much easier to live with. Firstly, you should try and keep a food diary to keep track of any patterns of triggering foods.
It is advised to try and always cook homemade meals with fresh ingredients. Do not 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 about an increase in flatulence or are looking for a way to treat your bloating, some changes to your diet can have a big impact. Eating porridge more regularly and trying to add around a tablespoon of linseed into your diet a day is beneficial. Avoid any food which is hard to digest; this includes vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beans, onions and dried fruit. Avoiding fizzy drinks will also reduce your risk of excessive gas, which can irritate your IBS symptoms.
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This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.
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