1. IBS is not IBD
Some symptoms are similar, but irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. If you have any symptoms, visit your GP.
2. Stress is not the source
Stress can trigger and worsen symptoms, but no one knows the cause of IBS. The muscles and nerves surrounding the bowel are ultra-sensitive in IBS sufferers, which can cause diarrhoea, constipation and abdominal pain.
3. Diagnosis can be slow
Diagnosing IBS involves a process of elimination. Doctors have to follow a clear set of diagnostic criteria.
4. Men get it too
Women most commonly suffer from IBS, but one third of IBS sufferers are men — although men’s symptoms can be different and they are less likely to seek medical advice or remedies.
5. Diet alone won’t relieve symptoms
Cutting down on alcohol, caffeine, dairy, fried foods and red meat may help. But altering your diet won’t always be enough. Keep a diary to note feelings, stress and good days, to help reveal patterns.
6. Supplements can help
A natural approach to IBS can be effective. Turmeric-based supplements like Thisilyn Turmeric Xtra can help soothe abdominal discomfort, including bloating. For lowering stress and anxiety levels try Vitano Rhodiola Tablets.