Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common condition. Approximately one in five people are affected. The pain of IBS is caused by the intestines going into a spasm or cramp that can be quite severe. IBS causes great anxiety though it is not a serious condition, in that it is not fatal and usually does not worsen over time.
*Be aware that BLOOD in the motion is not a symptom of IBS and you should see your doctor as soon as possible if this happens.
There is no known cause of IBS. A lack of fibre (roughage) in the diet, stress and irregular eating times can all make things worse.
Two main areas where positive action can make a difference to IBS are your lifestyle and diet.
Drugs: if these simple measures do not help your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe you anti spasmodic agents. These drugs help to control your symptoms ( pain and bloating) by relaxing the bowel spasm.
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