Irritable Bowl Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

This is a very common syndrome and can occur in all ages. We are not sure exactly what causes it but it does seem to be related to diet and stress.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The main symptoms are abdominal pain, bloating and a change in bowel habit.  To an extent all of us will have it at some time, but for some people it can be very severe and significantly affects their life.

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Other conditions

There are a few conditions that mimic these symptoms so they need to be ruled out first; coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer (if over 50).

Treatment Route

Sometimes the reassurance that there is nothing more serious going on is all people need, but if the symptoms are very severe then a special diet (called a FODMAP diet) helps about 60% of people.

Make an appointment today

Rob is a Consultant Colo-Rectal Surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and also sees patients privately at Exeter Nuffield - contact 01392 262183

Mr Rob Bethune provides quality care