Some of the common symptoms of IBS
Have you been feeling?
Have you had thoughts like?
- ‘I can’t do this/that’
- ‘I can’t stand this feeling’
- ‘I need to know where the toilets are otherwise I cannot go out’
- ‘I will embarrass myself’
- ‘Something is seriously wrong with my stomach and bowels’
- ‘I will soil myself’
Have you noticed?
- pain or discomfort in your stomach
- you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
- loss of appetite
- you have been urgently needing the toilet more often than usual
- you have constipation, diarrhoea, or bloating
Possible causes of IBS
- overactive nerves and muscles in the gut and stomach
- intolerance to certain foods
- being unwell with an upset stomach (gastroenteritis or food poisoning)
- stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced or being attacked/abused
- anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious
- pressure – you may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem solve certain issues
How common is IBS?
- 1 in 5 people are affected by irritable bowel syndrome
- irritable bowel syndrome commonly first develops in teenagers and young adults
- irritable bowel syndrome is twice as common in women as men