Overview

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common and debilitating condition which significantly affects the persons quality of life. IBS is characterised by a group of intestinal symptoms that typically occur together. The symptoms vary in severity and duration from person to person. However, they last at least three months for at least three days per month.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Some of the symptoms of food intolerance a may include:

Abdominal pain and/or discomfort relived by a bowel movement

Abdominal pain and/or discomfort relived by a bowel movement

Abnormal stool frequency

Abnormal stool frequency

Abnormal stool form

Abnormal stool form

Mucous in the stool

Mucous in the stool

Bloating, cramping, gas

Bloating, cramping, gas

Straining during a bowel movement

Straining during a bowel movement

Urgency

Urgency

Feeling of incomplete bowel movement

Feeling of incomplete bowel movement

Changes in bowel habits

Changes in bowel habits

Diarrhoea or constipation, or both alternately

Diarrhoea or constipation, or both alternately

Need for bowel movement immediately on waking or after eating

Need for bowel movement immediately on waking or after eating

Causes

What are the causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

The exact cause of IBS isn't known. Factors that appear to play a role include:

Severe gastrointestinal infections e.g. gastroenteritis, parasite, virus

Severe gastrointestinal infections e.g. gastroenteritis, parasite, virus

Bacterial overgrowth

Bacterial overgrowth

Recurring psychological & emotional stress

Recurring psychological & emotional stress

Changes in gut microbes

Changes in gut microbes

Altered nervous system

Altered nervous system

Food intolerance

Food intolerance

Family history

Family history

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

No single test is enough for a diagnosis of IBS. However, useful tests your doctor/practitioner might recommend include:

 GI Mapping stool test

GI Mapping stool test

Allergy panel (blood) IgA and/or IgG

Allergy panel (blood) IgA and/or IgG

Find a Practitioner

See a list of practitioners who are specialised in treating a Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)