Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can affect both children and adults of both genders. IBS is a disorder characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort, and altered bowel habit (chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both – either mixed or in alternation). It is estimated that 10-15% of the worldwide population has IBS. The exact cause of IBS is not known. Symptoms may result from a disturbance in the way the gut, brain, and nervous system interact. This can cause changes in normal bowel movement and sensation. Stress does not cause IBS. However, because of the connection between the brain and the gut, stress can worsen or trigger symptoms.
If you suffer with IBS or think you may have IBS and would like to talk with a Doctor, please call the GP Clinic on 24134 for an appointment.