Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of a number of digestive disorders. It is an unpredictable condition, in which sufferers can experience a variety of symptoms, sometimes from one extreme to the other. I have experienced constipation in the morning & diarrhoea in the afternoon & vice versa. Many people don’t understand how painful & debilitating IBS can be.
Symptoms vary between sufferers & can include:
- abdominal pain
- Erratic bowel movements
IBS is a life-long condition that usually develops between the ages of 20-30 & affects twice as many women as men. Symptoms can be exacerbated by stress, certain foods &, in women, the menstrual cycle.
IBS can be managed by a change in lifestyle, diet &, in some cases, medication. Reducing stress (easier said than done!) & cutting out foods that trigger symptoms can be beneficial. I have found the FODMAP diet, developed at the Montash University, Australia, to be particularly helpful in managing my IBS.
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