Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) means an irritability of the bowel and this can affect any area of the digestive tract. The most common symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome are:
- Abdominal pain – this may vary from dull aching, swollen pressure, cramping, or sharp in nature. The pains are usually intermittent and may disappear for long periods of time.
- Irregular pattern of bowel actions – constipation or diarrhoea, or constipation alternating with diarrhoea.
- Other symptoms may include belching, bloating, reduced appetite and excessive gas (flatulence).