What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common condition of the digestive system. Although presentation varies between suffers, IBS is associated with pain or discomfort in the abdomen, usually on the lower abdomen on the left side. It is common for pain and cramping to get worse after eating meals and subside somewhat after defecating. People with IBS usually experience unpredictable changes to bowel habit and alternating bouts of diarrhoea and constipation. Other symptoms of IBS include the following:

IBS usually presents when a person is in their 20s and is more common in women than in men. It is estimated that around one in five people suffer from IBS at some point in their life and, unfortunately, the condition often persists life-long. Those who suffer from IBS may well have no symptoms for weeks or months until the next flare-up occurs


Treatment of IBS

1. Lifestyle changes

2. Drug treatment