"I've suffered from abdominal pains for years now. I was always a happy sort of person. But slowly the pains are wearing me down."
Although the exact cause of IBS is not yet known, medical experts have defined a list of key symptoms for the syndrome. A person is diagnosed as having IBS if he or she:
People who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome often experience negative effects on their general mood as a result of the pain and discomfort of the primary symptoms. Diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence and bloating naturally affect the sufferer's sense of wellbeing and social confidence. This may also lead to tension headaches, fatigue and other physical and psychological problems.
Only a qualified medical professional can provide a firm diagnosis. The questionnaire below presents the main criteria for diagnosing IBS. The more questions you answer with "yes", the greater the possibility that your health professional will diagnose you as an IBS sufferer.
If you have answered one or more of these questions with yes, please see a doctor, as you may be suffering from "IBS".