IBS Symptoms

What Are The Symptoms Associated with IBS?

Many of my patients tell me they have had mild digestive disorders that aren’t severe enough to warrant particular attention for years, for example, mild constipation.  And then, something happens (which is often unknown) and they find they have severe pain or bloating on a frequent basis leading to more noticeable constipation or diarrhoea or both.

Commonly reported symptoms include: abdominal bloating, gas or wind, pain that is often relieved by defecation, headache, nausea, heartburn, tiredness, diarrhoea or constipation (or a mixture of both).  You may also notice that you are passing mucus, but most importantly IBS is never associated with passing any blood.  You must consult with your doctor if you notice any blood (other than menstrual blood).

Pain and bloating are the most commonly reported symptoms.  The pain can be frequent or infrequent and move around the abdomen.  How the pain feels to you can also change from being crampy, sharp and stabbing, tenderness, an ache or the pain may increase when the abdomen is touched or constrained in any way (for example, if wearing clothing that becomes tight).

Studies comparing IBS patients with people who do not have IBS suggest the pain associated with bloating is due to a combination of a reduced ability to disburse the gas and increased sensitivity to the pressure experienced as a result of having gas; rather than the volume of gas created.

Is Your Abdominal Pain IBS-Related?

Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting Emergency Services. It’s important that you tell your doctor about your abdominal pain as it can be related to a wide variety of conditions. Common causes of abdominal pain include

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Stress Can Make Your IBS Symptoms Worse

November is National Stress Awareness Month in the UK. Not only does stress affect our psychological well-being, it can also wreak havoc when you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We feel stressed whenever we decide something is a threat. This sets off a unique mind and body response which arms our muscles with oxygenated blood, clears our focus in the moment and prepares us to fight or flee. Unfortunately, when this stress response continues for a long period of time, it’s inflammatory nature can affect our health, particularly our digestive system.

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How Do You Get Diarrhoea

The Greeks had a certain poetry to their descriptions when they named diarrhoea after it’s most famous property – that of flowing through.

Diarrhoea or Diarhea as it is sometimes spelt can be caused by a variety of things. This mindmap shares the most common causes.

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These Symptoms Are Not IBS

The first step in your journey to digestive wellness is to work out exactly what it is that you have.  It's really important that other possibilities are ruled out. This is because other digestive disorders have similar symptoms to Irritable Bowel Syndrome,...

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What Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

What is IBS? IBS is very common, with 1:4 people in the UK likely to have it. It affects twice as many women as men. It's really important that other possibilities are ruled out. This is because other digestive disorders have similar symptoms to IBS, particularly in...

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How to Reduce Bloating

Bloating is one of the most common IBS symptoms reported with at least 66% of IBS sufferers experiencing it.   You're more likely to have it if you suffer with constipation-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome and it's more common in women with IBS than men with IBS....

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What Causes Bloating?

Bloating is one of the most common symptoms I see in my IBS patients and it's usually the one symptom that is the trigger for getting some professional help.  Research suggests that between 66% - 90% of Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers experience bloating. What's...

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Do You Have Runners’ Diarrhoea or IBS?

What Is Runners' Diarrhoea? Runner's diarrhoea is when you have a loose stool (commonly referred to as the trots) while you are running or immediately after you have finished your run.  It's really common.  Research suggests between 37% - 71% of runners get the trots...

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