Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS affects 5-12% of the population. There is no cure for IBS.  IBS is often a diagnosis of exclusion by your GP or gastroenterologist after other conditions have been ruled out. It is characterised by bloating, pain, cramping, diarrhoea and constipation. Many people suffer with this for years without significant relief. It can come to rule your life. 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects the feelings and sensations in your gut.

With IBS we can experience a shift in motility (movement) speed of the gut resulting in diarrhoea or constipation. If our gut is inflamed we may have altered mucosal linings in our gut or even gut permeability. 

Basically, IBS is caused by our Brain Gut Axis and our digestive tract not communicating properly, affecting gut motility and visceral hypersensitivity. Our brain can misinterpret or be hypersensitive to messages from our gut and also our gut can by hypersensitive or misinterpret  messages from our brain. Sensations occurring from our gut can affect our mood, behaviour and perception of pain and vice versa. 

                                                              © Zoe Leavitt - 2019

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