Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhoea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you'll need to manage long term. (link)
Causes of IBS tends to be unknown however factors that have been known to have some type of connection to IBS include
- Changes in bacteria in the gut (microflora)
- Inflammation in the intestines
- Muscle contractions in the intestine
- Nervous system
- Severe infection
If you have been suffering from one of the above and have noticed additional symptoms of cramping, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation you may have IBS and it would be advisable to see your GP as soon as possible.
Although experts are not united in their views of causes there are certain triggers that are associated with IBS.
According to Buscopan Ireland which offer an effective treatment for IBS called Buscopan and can be purchased online with Drinagh Pharmacy HERE, there are certain known triggers to IBS which are detailed below:
Medicine Triggers - If you’ve been taking iron tablets, some painkillers or antibiotics, they can upset your stomach and give you some of the symptoms of IBS.
Diet Triggers – Food can trigger IBS, but what is more concerning here is that it’s not any particular food, it can differ for each individual. That being said, some people may find IBS is trigged by a food considered to be healthy, and others might trigger IBS from unhealthy food. The key here is to be aware when it happens and try to pinpoint what you ate that day.
Stress Triggers - Stress or feeling anxious is a common trigger of IBS symptoms. This is not always easy to manage and if you suffer from anxiety and also IBS, you might find the 2 are linked. Please see a GP if unsure.
Treatments for IBS
Taking into account some of the triggers and related causes it’s safe to say that obvious natural treatments include; removing foods from your diet that trigger IBS and implementing some healthy practices such as a high fibre diet, more fruit and vegetables, avoid tea and coffee and drink the recommended daily dose of water which is 6 – 8 glasses a day!
Drinking water - Try drinking 2 glasses when you first wake in the morning and 2 before you go to bed. During the day you will probably drink 1 – 2 glasses without realising, so if you stick to this 2 in the morning and 2 glasses of water at night rule it may help with IBS. It most certainly will help with lots of other issues like combating dehydration, looking fresher, skin care and the like.
Anti-spasmodic drugs may be prescribed to reduce the involuntary muscular contractions associated with the condition. Such medicines can include buscopan which can be purchased on our website.
Other medicines such as Colpermin can be used for the treatment of symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome including painful spasms, bloating, trapped wind, diarrhoea and constipation.
If you’re unsure which medicine would be right for your symptoms, speak with our online pharmacists at Drinagh Pharmacy at this link: