- What is IBS
- Signs & Symptoms
- Common causes
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the muscles and nerves of the bowel. It’s the most common, yet least understood gastrointestinal disorder, affecting one in five people in Australia. IBS isn’t a disease itself, the diagnosis is often a process of ruling out other conditions. It is important to speak with your GP about your symptoms before you begin any self-investigation.
Signs and symptoms:
The signs and symptoms of IBS can vary widely from person to person and often resemble those of other diseases – therefore it’s very important to speak with your doctor as soon as possible and have appropriate testing (potentially including for Coeliac disease).
Note: Symptoms that indicate a more serious condition include rectal bleeding, weight loss and/or abdominal pain that progresses or lasts at night.
Symptoms can vary in severity and come and go, lasting for hours, days, weeks or months. For most people, IBS is a chronic condition, but for others it can improve or even disappear completely. Some of the more common IBS symptoms include:
Common causes of IBS symptoms:
IBS can occur at any age. For many people with IBS, the bowel appears to be over-sensitive. Unfortunately the cause isn’t always known, but a variety of factors can play a role: