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Jul
23

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Do We Have to Suffer?

Author : Hazel Econs
Related Conditions : Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Do you sometimes feel bloated when you have eaten, no matter how big or small the meal you have just eaten?  Do you feel really uncomfortable, need to loosen your waistband, maybe stomach pains or wind?

According to statistics, up to 30% of the population suffers with bloating, although these percentages significantly increase amongst sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Bloating is not the only symptom of IBS, it can be nausea, wind, heartburn, stomach pains, constipation and/or diarrhoea.  For many years it was medical opinion that stress was a causative factor of IBS.  Stress often exacerbates symptoms, but not a cause.

In our experience, avoiding certain common foods gives a relief of those unpleasant symptoms.  The role of food intolerance in irritable bowel syndrome is important.  It is possible to identify the triggers of one's symptoms through a number of different methods.  We suggest dietary tests or blood tests, although the dietary tests are the more accurate.

Should our patients find they react to many foods and it is too difficult to avoid them, we offer two options of Desensitisation to improve their tolerance.

 

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