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 […]

Psychological factors affect IBS patients

Psychological factors affect IBS patients

Psychological factors affect IBS patients interpretation of symptom severity

A patient’s viewpoint of the severity of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms can be influenced not only by physical symptoms of IBS but broader psychological problems, according to a new study in http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-11-psychological-factors-affect-ibs-patients.html, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

“Clinicians who face pressure to treat patients in a cost-effective manner within tight time constraints and at a satisfactory level are likely to find that patient-reported outcome data can increase their understanding of what patients mean when they describe how they function or feel,” said Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD, of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and lead author of this study. “To maximize the utility of patient-reported outcomes, it is important to know what they measure and what influences patients’ perceptions of their symptoms when gastroenterologists ask them about their symptoms. Our study suggests that irritable bowel syndrome patient-reported outcomes are not simply about gastrointestinal symptoms.”

Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are used to describe symptoms, inform treatment planning and gauge the benefit of treatments for gastrointestinal disorders, including IBS. In this study, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, researchers explored two different PRO rating scales that measure IBS severity, and identified psychological factors that might bias PRO ratings by affecting how patients interpret symptom severity. They found that a substantial proportion of the variation in the PROs (50 to 55 percent) could be explained by three distinct gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms: pain, bloating and defecation.

While the study showed that GI symptoms explain some of the variance in overall IBS severity scores, there was a large […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome eased

Irritable Bowel Syndrome eased

Irritable Bowel Syndrome eased by hypnotherapy – Thousands of people with irritable bowel syndrome will be offered hope by new research showing that hypnotherapy eases the conditions in sufferers. Professor Roland Valori, a gastroenterologist at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, in Gloucester, said heRoland Valorihas used hypnotherapy with success on his patients. In a podcast to launch Frontline Gastroenterology, a new medical journal, he said experience of the first 100 patients treated with hypnotherapy, nine out of ten showed significant improvement in their symptoms. In four out of ten the condition cleared up completely while the remainder said they felt more in control. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long term disorder of the digestive system causing pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Prof Valori said: “To be frank, I have never looked back.”

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Feel bloated Cramps

Feel bloated Cramps

The problem may be in your BRAIN

Angela Harewood still cringes at the memory of the comments she used to get from strangers about her advanced pregnancy.‘People would say things like “not long to go now” pointing to my swollen tummy,’ recalls Angela, 48, a company director from Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. ‘It didn’t happen just once, but over and over again. The only trouble was, I wasn’t pregnant — just very badly constipated.’

All in the head? One way of treating IBS is ­hypnotising patients into a deeply relaxed state and asking them to place their hand on their ­stomach and ­generate feelings of warmth and comfort
All in the head? One way of treating IBS is ­hypnotising patients into a deeply relaxed state and asking them to place their hand on their ­stomach and ­generate feelings of warmth and comfort

Angela is one of the millions of Britons thought to suffer from Irritable Bowel ­Syndrome (IBS) — a problem with gut function which can cause symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, painful ­cramping, bloating and flatulence. The symptoms can be so severe in some cases that sufferers have to give up work. It is notoriously difficult to treat and, while the symptoms are undeniably real, tests often reveal no obvious physical cause, explains Dr Julian Stern, who treated Angela at the specialist bowel ­centre at St Mark’s ­Hospital, London.

For Angela, treatment at St Mark’s proved to be the turning point, thanks to a new approach that focuses on the link between the mind and bowel health. Angela’s symptoms started after the birth of her son, Ashley, when she was 30.
‘My constipation was awful: ­sometimes I couldn’t go to the loo for up to ten […]

A digested guide to perfect digestion

A digested guide to perfect digestion: Experts reveal how to relieve common symptoms – with some very surprising advice

We are a nation obsessed with our guts. From bloating to bowel issues, an estimated nine million of us have problems with our digestive systems. ‘The number of people being diagnosed with digestive disorders is on the rise, as people are taking their symptoms more seriously and are getting diagnosed earlier,’ says Dr Anton Emmanuel of the gut health charity CORE. One in five of us suffers with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder of the gastrointestinal tract characterised by diarrhoea, stomach cramps and bloating.

Nine million sufferers: One in five of us suffers from Irritable Bowel SyndromeNine million sufferers: One in five of us suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Many of us resort to all kinds of measures for a healthy gut, chomping through bowls of high-fibre cereals and guzzling water. But could we be unwittingly making our symptoms worse?

Here, some of the country’s leading digestive experts dispel the most common myths and advise how to have a happy gut.


IBS patients are often told to eat more fibre. ‘But this is the worst thing for a significant number of patients, particularly when it comes to bran,’ says Peter Whorwell, professor of medicine at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester and a leading authority on IBS.

‘While eating more fibre undoubtedly helps to sort out mild constipation, it’s rarely helpful for severe IBS symptoms and it won’t help diarrhoea. Fibre is a bulking agent which gives the bowel even more work to do, so it’s likely to worsen symptoms in people with severe constipation.’

Instead, he advises white bread, white pasta, […]

Feel mint work its magic

Feel mint work its magic

We love it when science solves the mystery of a time-honoured home remedy, because we think there is at least a bit of truth in many home “brews.” It’s happened again, and to one of our favourite digestion-soothers: peppermint. It turns out that this ancient herbal tummy-tamer does its thing by switching off pain-sensing nerve fibres in your digestive system. Who knew?

That helps explain why pouring a steaming mug of peppermint tea or just sniffing it for an upset stomach — or popping an enteric-coated peppermint oil capsule to ease irritable bowel syndrome — really works.

We’ve known for a while that mint relaxes smooth muscles in your GI tract, which can tone down irritable bowel syndrome cramps. That’s super-useful if you’re among the one in five people with this uncomfortable problem. Now we also know it can mute hypersensitive nerves, which can trigger internal distress after a spicy meal, too much coffee, a glass of wine or during a bout of flu.

Peppermint tea or even peppermint aroma may be all it takes to soothe a queasy stomach or settle one that’s gassy and bloated. But it may take a stronger dose to ease irritable bowel syndrome. That’s where peppermint oil capsules come in. To give them a try, stick with 0.2 to 0.4 mL of oil three times daily and use only enteric-coated versions to avoid heartburn. Otherwise, the muscle-relaxing oil could relax a valve at the top of your stomach, allowing acid to backwash into your esophagus. That hurts. Tip if you’re heartburn-prone: Skip mint chewing gum for the same reason.

Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen are authors of YOU: On a Diet. For more, visitwww.realage.com

Source: http://www.thestar.com/article/996397–feel-mint-work-its-magic


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Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel

Let the Mind Help Tame an Irritable Bowel

If you’ve ever had butterflies in your stomach or an attack of nerves that sent you racing for the bathroom, you already know that the intestinal tract has a mind of its own. The millions who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or I.B.S., perhaps know it best. I.B.S., with its symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation or an alternating cycle of the two, can seriously impair the ability to work and enjoy leisure activities. Up to 15 percent of the population is affected, though only half seek medical help. The gut and brain are intimately connected, with more nerve cells in the intestines than in the spinal cord. The gut has been called the body’s second brain, containing 95 percent of the body’s neurotransmitter serotonin and direct nerve connections to the brain.

So it is no surprise that this common disorder of intestinal function has a strong mind-body connection. This does not mean I.B.S. is a psychosomatic condition caused by emotions, but rather that emotional upsets can aggravate symptoms in someone with a hyper-reactive bowel. It also means that learning to minimize stress and emotional disturbances can reduce the symptoms of I.B.S., perhaps more effectively than medications, recent research has indicated. Yet much educational material about this condition underplays the mind-body connection and the vital role that emotional retraining can play in controlling it.

This is perhaps an overreaction to the past when most patients with I.B.S. were told there was nothing physically wrong with them — it was all in their heads. After all, they had no obvious organic cause like a tumor, infection or ulcer. In the modern era of medicalization, the pendulum swung the other way. Gastroenterologists […]

Should you be gluten free?

Should you be gluten free?

Around 1 in 10 people with IBS could benefit from a gluten free diet. Now, a simple and reliable home test kit can tell you whether you should be gluten free in just 5 minutes.

The importance of an early diagnosis of gluten intolerance (coeliac disease) cannot be over stressed.  Left undiagnosed and untreated, coeliac disease carries a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, infertility and bowel cancer later on in life.

If you do have coeliac disease, a gluten free diet could change your life within weeks… but first, get a diagnosis.

Feeling tired, IBS symptoms, urgency to use the toilet after eating, nausea, mouth ulcers, diarrhoea, bloating, wind, constipation, headaches, depression, bone and joint pain, weight loss, anaemia…. the list goes on and could mean you have IBS but any one of these symptoms could also mean that you have coeliac disease (gluten intolerance).

Unlike IBS, coeliac disease (also spelt celiac) is a risk factor for other diseases such as bowel cancer, infertility and osteoporosis. Early diagnosis is essential. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people originally diagnosed with IBS actually have coeliac disease.

In 2006 and 2007 the home coeliac test was used to test MPs at the House of Commons as part of an awareness raising event by Coeliac UK, a charity providing support and advice for people diagnosed with coeliac disease.

A report in the British Medical Journal  which studied 2690 children and 120 adults showed that the finger prick blood test for coeliac disease was as accurate as hospital laboratory tests (Korponay-Szabo et al. BMJ 2007;335;1244-1247).

Five good reasons why you shouldn’t ignore your symptoms… or those of your relatives
It is important that diagnosis is made early as left untreated, coeliac […]

IBS,Colonic Irrigation and probiotics

IBS,Colonic Irrigation and probiotics

In a recent meeting with a leading Midlands Colonic Irrigation Therapist, Gillian Edwards. I posed Gillian some searching questions into  the general background and specific help that colonic irrigation can do generally and for those who suffer from IBS. This is what she had to say to me when I asked:-

Firstly Gillian what is Colonic Hydrotherapy?

Basically, it is a bowel cleanse. Your bowel (also known as the colon, or large intestine,) is the area where your body stores the waste products from digestion, and it can become toxic if it is not functioning efficiently. A build up of toxic matter, caused by modern day living, will have a direct impact on your health and well being. Also known as Colonic Irrigation, Colon lavage, or High colonic, colonic hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method for cleansing the colon of waste material by repeated gentle flushing with highly purified water.

Just for the record what exactly is a colon?

The digestive tract or, alimentary canal, is the food passageway that runs from the mouth to the anus. The colon is the end portion of the digestive tract, and is approximately 5 feet long and 2.5 inches in diameter. Its major functions are to eliminate waste, and to conserve and absorb water. Around 90% of the body’s water is absorbed through the colon. Also, there are bacteria living in the colon which synthesize valuable nutrients such as vitamin K and portions of the vitamin B complex.

What is the purpose of having a colonic?

Well, waste material, (e.g. impacted faeces, dead cellular tissue, accumulated mucous etc,) especially that which has remained in the colon for some time poses several problems. Firstly, this material is quite toxic, (poisonous). These poisons can re-enter […]

Award for innovative treatment for IBS in children

Innovative treatment for IBS in children

Award for innovative treatment for IBS in children

AN innovative town centre company (Warrington UK) helping relieve serious medical problems took home the innovation and research prize from this year’s business awards.

Healthy Audio, based at the Guardian Medical Centre on Guardian Street, researches, develops, distributes and retails self help audio programmes for clinical and none clinical conditions in the UK and worldwide.

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Their IBS Audio Program 60 for children, helps mitigate the painful and distressing condition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Recurrent Abdominal Pain in children between the ages of 8 to 13 years old.

Developer and managing director Michael Mahoney said the award was a great achievement of his work.

He added: “It sums up my work wonderfully, which is about developing innovative, researched solutions for medical and non medical conditions of mind, body and emotion.

“Building on the success of our IBS audio program 100 for adults, which is trusted and respected worldwide, this award gives us a great springboard to replicate that success with the IBS Audio Program 60 for children.

“The high calibre of companies who entered the awards, makes winning even more of an achievement.”

More about the Program

Welcome Parents

Functional or recurrent abdominal pain or RAP, tummy aches, missed school and the various symptoms of functional motility disorders and Irritable Bowel Syndrome  in children, is not new, but finding an appropriate treatment for your child may prove to be quite frustrating. While many medications and behavioral treatment methods can provide some relief for your child, you may still be searching for something more effective that can be used alongside treatment prescribed by your child’s physician or doctor.

The […]