Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) also known as spastic colon is a bowel disorder where the sufferer has chronic abdominal pain and bloating associated with the alteration of bowel habits; in some cases going to the loo often brings relief.
It’s quite common and people frequently consult their GP who can find nothing wrong.
Sufferers either complain of diarrhoea or constipation together with chronic pain.
The symptoms will depend on which parts of the gut are involved; sometimes there is often an overlap between areas of the gut. Some people may experience problems in only one area, others in several. Symptoms can also vary over time.
Infectious illnesses resulting in fever, vomiting and sometimes acute diarrhoea may lead to IBS. This is known as the post-infective syndrome, termed “post-infectious IBS”.
It’s estimated the one in five of the adult population suffer from IBS at any one time.
In short, IBS is loss of co-ordination of muscular contractions known as propulsion.
Although the symptoms experienced by the sufferer are very real, there are often psychological factors involved. There could be any number of explanations, for example stressful experiences when moving house, changing jobs, bereavement, relationship break-ups. Any of these can cause the onset of IBS.
The symptoms of IBS are very varied and can occur at any age, although it seems to most common in late teens or early twenties.
It is essential that the sufferer contacts their GP in order to rule out physiological causes. When these have been ruled out, then it would be decided during the initial consultation which would be the best course of action; e.g. THRIVE and/or a combination with Pure Hypnoanalysis (analytical therapy) which would deal with the cause of the possible psychological reasons for the onset of IBS.