Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
What it feels like
An uncomfortable combination of bloating, excessive gas and diarrhoea, alternating with chronic constipation. Your life and activities are often ruled by your proximity to a bathroom.
What causes it
Despite much research worldwide, the cause of IBS is still unclear and thought to be related to a number of factors. Some theories are that it’s due to increased sensitivity of the gut and a disturbance to its normal rhythmic movement. New research shows that stress can also play a role. Certain foods — specifically a group of short-chain carbohydrates called FODMAPs — can trigger symptoms. These FODMAPs are poorly digested in the gut, causing wind, pain and bloating in people with IBS.