What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Around one in five Australians experiences the unpleasant symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some time.
These include abdominal pain, mucus in the stools, and alternating diarrhoea and constipation.
The cause is unknown, but environmental factors – such as changes of routine, emotional stress, infection and diet – can trigger an attack.
Treatment options include careful changes to diet over a period of time, laxatives or antidiarrhoea medication, and antispasmodics.
IBS previously was often mistakenly brushed off as a “diagnosis of exclusion”. The good news is that IBS can be managed and treated effectively. The research suggests that having a trusting rapport with a regular GP is a good starting point, for your GP to understand your symptoms and help discern the triggers – whether environmental, dietary, stress or a combination of factors.
If you would like to chat more about your gut health today, book an appointment by visiting our website www.dfmp.com.au