Irritable bowel syndrome treatment

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long term condition affecting the digestive system that causes diarrhoea, constipation, excessive wind, and it also causes the large bowel to cramp and bloat. IBS causes food to move through the digestive system irregularly, either too fast or too slow, causing pain and discomfort. Symptoms can occur more frequently when eating certain foods.

What does this involve?

To diagnose the condition, your consultant will discuss with you the problems you have been experiencing, and may perform a blood test to rule out any other conditions with similar symptoms. In severe cases, you may require a colonoscopy, where a thin, flexible camera is used to examine your bowel. As treatment, you may have to make lifestyle and diet changes, such as introducing certain exercises to your daily routine, and you may be prescribed medication to manage the pain and discomfort.