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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and little-known symptoms you might not know are IBS

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system.

Usually a lifelong illness, IBS can be very frustrating to live with and can have a big impact on your everyday life.

There is currently no cure for the conditions but making some lifestyle changes – such as tweaks to your diet – can help control the symptoms.

The exact cause of the condition is currently unknown, however it has been linked to food passing through your gut too quickly or too slow slowly as well as oversensitivity.

Stress and family history are also linked to the condition.

The symptoms can range from stomach pain to diarrhoea and bloating with flare ups often being very uncomfortable.

Here are some of the signs to look out for, tips of managing symptoms and when to seek medical advice.

What are the symptoms of IBS?

According to the NHS, the main symptoms of IBS are:

  • stomach pain or cramps – usually worse after eating and better after doing a poo
  • bloating – your tummy may feel uncomfortably full and swollen
  • diarrhoea – you may have watery poo and sometimes need to poo suddenly
  • constipation – you may strain when pooing and feel like you cannot empty your bowels fully

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