About: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS, can experience abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, lower back pain, heart burn and diarrhoea and or constipation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome impacts between 5% -15% of people worldwide.    While anxiety is not the cause of IBS, anxiety can lead to symptoms that mimic IBS or worsen symptoms in people that have IBS (the gut-brain axis).


Treatment for  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) starts with getting a proper diagnosis.  Sometimes there are other causes for these unpleasant gut symptoms such as Celiac Disease or an Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  The symptoms overlap in all these conditions. 

Treatment for IBS usually includes:

  1. Diet Changes
  2. Stress Management
  3. And sometimes medications.
The FODMAP diet developed by Monash University, is fast becoming known as the IBS diet. This scientifically backed diet is bringing symptom relief to many.  People with food intolerance (Salicylate, Amine and Glutamate)  can experience symptoms that mimic IBS.  
Because of the brain – gut axis, IBS symptoms are always worsened by stress, and IBS increases stress sensitivity. Managing stress is an important aspect of IBS management. The IBS Clinic Australia, offers a free online stress management course for anyone experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndromes.
Certain types of medications (such as antibiotics, antacids and painkillers) can lead to constipation or diarrhoea. Antidepressants can sometimes alleviate IBS symptoms if they are associated with depression or fibromyalgia.
There is some evidence that probiotics are useful for the management of IBS. Recent studies show that fibre supplements for constipation can worsen other IBS symptoms, although Psyllium Husk can sometimes be beneficial.



[1] The IBS Clinic Australia

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