Getting to know IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from IBS¹. Sufferers experience abdominal pain, which can’t be cured but can be treated. Read on to find out more about IBS symptoms and treatment.
How does IBS affect your life?
IBS can be a real nuisance. It can impact your work as well as time with your friends and family. Even if you don’t suffer from it daily, the ongoing impact of IBS can affect your quality of life.
Cancelling a dinner party
IBS strikes when you least expect it and you’re in pain. The dinner you planned with friends will have to wait.
Spoiling film night
You go to the cinema and, in the middle of the film, IBS pays you an unexpected visit. The intense stomach ache forces you to leave. You’ll have to catch the end of the film some other time.
Hi-jacking your presentation
You have an important presentation at work, but stress triggers your IBS just before the meeting. Your stomach ache is so bad you can’t concentrate. You have to go home instead
Know the symptoms that affect you
Abdominal cramps are the main symptom that can impact your day. If you’ve already experienced an episode of IBS, you’ll know that if the pain becomes very intense it can prevent you from leaving the house. Changes in bowel movements – such as diarrhoea or constipation – often accompany IBS.
People with IBS also often complain of bloating, especially in the evening.2
What triggers IBS symptoms?
Our days are full of things that can trigger IBS symptoms. Learn about your triggers and how to avoid them.
Around 62% of people with IBS say that stress or anxiety causes their IBS to flare up3. It’s not always possible to avoid these feelings but learning how to manage them can really help.
Tips and suggestions
IBS treatment and management
IBS has no cure, but you can manage its symptoms with dietary and lifestyle changes. You can also relieve the painful cramps with antispasmodics treatment.
Choose a healthy diet
Certain types of food and drink – including greasy food, fizzy drinks and dairy – are more difficult to digest and can trigger IBS pain.
Take an antispasmodic medication to help alleviate IBS cramping pain. Buscopan® IBS Relief is a great choice. Unlike analgesics, it acts directly on the smooth muscles in your gut at the source of pain.
Do you have more questions about IBS?
Although the causes of IBS are unknown, IBS is more likely to affect people with a family history of this disease, young people, women, people suffering from stressful situations, and those who suffer from an alteration of the intestinal flora.
So far there is no test that can diagnose it. If you have symptoms that make you suspect that you suffer from this disorder or have recurrent abdominal discomfort, consult your doctor.
Buscopan® can help you relieve belly pain because it relaxes the smooth muscles in your belly and relieves abdominal cramps. If you are unsure or have other symptoms that may give you concern consult your doctor.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, 2021. https://patient.info/digestive-health/irritable-bowel-syndrome-leaflet (Last Access March 2022)
- Bloating, 2022. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bloating/ (Last Access March 2022)
- Leapfrog research and planning 2012