LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 23, 2012) - April is widely recognised as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) awareness month. IBS could affect up to 20% of the UK population, yet many sufferers are unaware that they have IBS or know what treatments are available. To raise awareness of this condition, COLPERMIN® has launched an IBS symptom checker to help potential sufferers identify key indicators and take the first steps toward getting help.
What is IBS?
The condition varies from person to person and doctors still aren't sure exactly what causes IBS but it can be an uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarrassing condition to suffer from. It involves the muscles and nerves of the lower bowel functioning incorrectly. The bowel becomes highly sensitive and more prone to upset and pain.
IBS can strike people of all ages and can start affecting you at any period of your life. IBS symptoms usually manifest themselves in the late teens or early twenties and the condition is most common among women aged 20 to 40. Furthermore, IBS is a chronic condition; it can affect people for a long time and can return without warning after periods of normality.
What causes IBS?
Despite much research the causes of IBS are still not clear, but it is known that certain things trigger attacks, including stress, certain foods (different in every individual), irregular mealtimes and, in some cases, a lack of dietary fibre. People with IBS seem to have a colon (also called the large bowel) that is over-sensitive. Some people develop IBS after gut infections and food poisoning, suggesting that these illnesses have somehow changed the gut and made it more sensitive.
While most people suffer an upset of the digestive system from time to time, if you are experiencing abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea regularly, you could be showing the symptoms of IBS.
These are the key symptoms to look out for:
- Upset bowel movements - constipation, diarrhoea, or both
- Abdominal pain
- Excess gas and wind
- Feeling like you have to go to the toilet even after emptying bowels
The COLPERMIN® IBS symptom checker was developed with the help of the current chairman of the IBS Network, Dr Nick Read, a specialist in the condition and its underlying effects. If you suspect you may suffer from IBS, you can use the tool to answer a few quick questions and receive an immediate, personalised symptoms report and recommended next steps to take.
If the results of your IBS symptom checker test suggest you could have IBS, book an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can. Your GP will be able to offer useful dietary advice, such as the foods to avoid, lifestyle changes, and discuss a suitable treatment with you.
COLPERMIN® IBS Relief contains natural peppermint oil in a unique sustained release delivery system to relieve IBS symptoms and target the main source of abdominal cramps. Nothing is more effective at relieving IBS symptoms and can help get you back to your confident self.
Dr Nick Read does not endorse any brands.
Always read the label. Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules contain peppermint oil. If this is the first time that you have suffered from these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor first.