IBS – Are you Suffering?

IBS – Are you Suffering?

OK What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a “syndrome,” meaning a group of symptoms put together to form one identifiable ‘Illness’ – IBS. The most common symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain or discomfort often reported as cramping, bloating, wind, gas, diarrhea, and/or constipation or alternating symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea.

IBS affects 20% of the UK population from time to time whilst others a Hardcore of about 15% have it more regularly or Constantly. IBS affects the colon, or large bowel or intestine, which is the part of the digestive tract that stores stool or Poo.

IBS is not a ‘disease’. It’s a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel doesn’t work as well as it should, or function, correctly too fast or too slow.

Does stress cause IBS?

Emotional stress does not cause IBS it contributes to it!. But people with IBS may have their bowels react more to stress. So, if you already have IBS, stress can make your symptoms worse.

Stress Relief

Learning to reduce stress can help with IBS. With less stress, you may find you have less cramping and pain. You may also find it easier to manage your symptoms. I Can help you with this with my IBS programme and relaxation Sessions and teaching you self Hypnosis Call 01384621857 for the start to the way out of IBS. Meditation, exercise,and counseling may also help.
You may need to try different activities or a combination to see what works best for you.

Points to Remember

  • IBS means your bowel doesn’t work the right way.
  • IBS can cause cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea , and constipation.
  • IBS doesn’t damage the bowel or lead to other […]

Hypertension major risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Hypertension major risk factor for cardiovascular disease

Hypertension major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) – cerebrovascular events (CVEs) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD) – and is therefore one of the most important preventable causes of premature morbidity and mortality in here in the UK and other developed and developing countries.

Epidemiology is the study of health-events, health-characteristics or health-determinant patterns in a population

Hypertension is often symptomless, so screening is vital – before damage is done. Many surveys continue to show that hypertension remains underdiagnosed, undertreated and poorly controlled in the UK.

Overall, the prevalence of hypertension (at least ≥140/90 mm Hg or on treatment for hypertension) in those aged over 35 was 32% in men and 27% in women.

The prevalence significantly increased with age in both sexes:

About 33% of men and 25% of women aged 45-54 years have hypertension.
About 73% of men and 64% of women aged ≥75 years or older have hypertension.

Screening for hypertension

All adults should have their blood pressure (BP) measured, at least every five years up to the age of 80, and at least annually thereafter. The message here is get checked!

Aetiology is the study of causation, or origination of the issue or illness.

There is unfortunately, once things have progressed, and you have had hypertension for too long and it may have caused other issues that the benefits of  the Hypnotension™ programme are not  able to address. such as:-

 Secondary hypertension This is where investigations by your GP or specialist have actually found physical reason, ( such as issues with leaking heart valves or what could be termed as mechanical faults of the heart or body for example) this is commonly caused by renal disease or in certain circumstances as complications in pregnancy.

These in turn may have […]

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IBS Are you Suffering

IBS Are you Suffering

Thanks largely to the work of Peter Whorwell of Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, hypnosis is now acknowledged by the medical profession as an effective treatment for IBS. However, Peters research doesn’t mean that it is universal one size fits all. It is the opinion of NICE that hypnosis is the best treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome after diagnosis and medication has failed or partly failed.

This said your doctor will not, unless you are one of the fortunate whose GP has trained as a Hypnotherapist, be able to give you hypnosis as a treatment. Not all ‘lay’ hypnotherapists will be able to help either you should consult a hypnotherapist who specialises and ideally who has had IBS themselves.

Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common disorders of the digestive system. The organisation IBS Network estimates that it affects one third of people in the UK at some point and to some extent, and one in ten people have symptoms bad enough to visit their doctor. IBS is characterised by a collection of symptoms affecting the small or large bowel, which can cause pain and discomfort.

The exact causes of IBS are unknown. IBS sufferers usually have no physical abnormalities in the bowel, so it has been suggested that there is a strong link between stress and IBS. What seems to happen with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is that the bowel becomes super sensitive and […]

Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Anxiety due to substance abuse

Substance induced anxiety disorder: Anxiety due to substance abuse

Severely depressed or anxious people are at high risk for alcoholism, smoking , and other forms of addiction. Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among people with alcoholism. It should be noted, moreover, that long-term alcohol use can itself cause biologic changes that may actually produce anxiety and depression.

Substance-induced anxiety disorder may be experienced by individuals with no preexisting psychopathology as well as those who have a history of erratic or maladaptive behavior. On the other hand, these episodes usually occur in individuals with preexisting anxiety about drug use, especially novice users or in experienced users who have taken more than their usual dose.

Anxiety may be secondary to physical disorders, such as neurologic disorders (eg, brain trauma, infections, inner ear disorders), cardiovascular disorders (eg, heart failure, arrhythmias), endocrine disorders (eg, overactive adrenal or thyroid glands), and respiratory disorders (eg, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Anxiety may be caused by use of drugs, such as alcohol, stimulants, caffeine, cocaine, and many prescription drugs. Also, drug withdrawal is commonly associated with anxiety.

  • The patient has prominent anxiety, compulsions, obsessions or panic attacks.
  • History, physical exam or laboratory data substantiate that either – these symptoms have developed within a month of substance intoxication or withdrawal or – medication use has caused the symptoms.
  • No other anxiety disorder better accounts for these symptoms.
  • The symptoms cause clinically important distress or impair work, social or personal functioning.
  • The symptoms don’t occur solely during a delirium.

The essential features of substance-induced anxiety disorder are prominent and persistent feelings of anxiety that are judged to be due to the direct physiological effects of intoxication or withdrawal from a substance. Prominent anxiety, Panic Attacks, or obsessions or […]

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I’d hardly slept for 18 months

I’d hardly slept for 18 months

How two hours of hypnosis ended my insomnia nightmare. My shopping basket had enough sleeping aids to tranquillise a hippopotamus. Kalms and Nytol tablets, alongside pillow mist – infused with soothing essential oils of geranium, rose and thyme – and candles labelled ‘Relax’ and ‘Peace’ to burn before bedtime.

The woman at the counter gave me a sympathetic smile but I was too exhausted to respond. I was desperate for a decent night’s sleep.

My insomnia – a condition that affects nearly a third of Britons at some point – had such an innocuous beginning. A trivial argument with a friend in August 2006 had left me furious and unable to sleep as I replayed the conversation over and over in my head.

At 4am I crept into the lounge and put on the TV. Eventually the noise of the programmes drowned out the conversation going on in my head and I fell asleep.

That should have been the end of it, but it wasn’t. For the next night, and every night after, the same thing happened. I’d go to bed at 11pm and find myself getting angry or upset at things that had gone on during the day. By 4am I’d be on the sofa, watching TV and drifting off.

2007, I existed on three or four hours’ sleep a night. I was moody, irritable and constantly close to tears.
I bought all sorts of miracle cures including homeopathic pills and tapes of soothing music. I had long baths, exercised more and cut down on alcohol, as experts advised. Nothing worked.

By January this year I was worse than ever. I dropped off to sleep quickly but woke between […]

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Stress at work

Stress at work

Stress – at work & an employer’s duty!

Key points:

  • Stress is an adverse reaction to excessive pressure or demands
  • Stress can be caused by personal or work based pressures or a mixture of the two
  • Stress can affect people mentally – in the form of anxiety and depression – and physically – in the form of heart disease, back pain and alcohol and drug dependency.
  • HSE estimate that work-related stress costs about £3.7 billion a year
  • Employers have a legal duty to assess the risk of work-related stress and to take measures to control these risks
  • The government aims to work with employers, employees , trade unions and others in achieving a 20% reduction in the incidence of work-relates stress by 2010.

What is stress?

Stress is people’s natural reaction to excessive pressure and is experienced by everybody. When a person is faced with some kind of threat or alarm the body responds with physiological changes such as raised heart rate and blood pressure, accelerated breathing and an increased flow of blood to the muscles. These changes can help the body to respond to the threat and overcome it.

When the physiological changes produced by stress are excessive or continue their effects become detrimental. For example, many jobs are carried out in a complex set of circumstances and the causes of stress cannot be dealt with quickly, once and for all. Stress results from a perceived imbalance between the demands made on an individual, including self-imposed ones, and the personal and environmental resources available to meet those demands.

Causes of stress

Stress can be caused by a wide variety […]

By |February 18th, 2008|Anxiety, Hypnotherapy, Men's Issues, Stress, Womens Issues|Comments Off on Stress at work