Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, chronic but very poorly-understood condition. Sufferers may endure bouts of severe stomach cramps, constipation and/or diarrhoea, bloating, wind and mucus-laden stools which can last up to months at a time. Many feel like they are tied up internally. Often, it’s not limited to the gut either. Many also suffer from fatigue, back pain, bladder and other problems at the same time.
The cause is unknown, but a hormonal role (most common in women of child-bearing age), a hyper-sensitivity of the gut, a bacterial infection and psychological factors like stress have all been put forward as possibilities. Doctors can prescribe anti-spasmodics to relieve cramps, as well as laxatives or anti-diarrhoea medication according to symptoms. A dietician may also be able to advise on avoiding certain foods which trigger or worsen the illness.
There’s no proof that stress causes IBS, but there’s no doubt that living with this condition can give rise to extreme anxiety and many people withdraw from life and become depressed. Doctors can prescribe drugs to combat anxiety and low mood, but it should be borne in mind that some of these have very serious side effects and can cause dependence.
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