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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Written on:2021-02-24
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Symptoms
  • Getting diagnosed
  • Diet, lifestyle and medicines
  • Further help and support

    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system.

    • It causes symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. These tend to come and go over time, and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.

    • It's usually a lifelong problem. It can be very frustrating to live with and can have a big impact on your everyday life.

    • There's no cure, but diet changes and medicines can often help control the symptoms.

    • The exact cause is unknown – it's been linked to things like food passing through your gut too quickly or too slowly, oversensitive nerves in your gut, stress and a family history of IBS.

    Watch a video to find out more about IBS on the Health and Care Video Library



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