Find an overview of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, sometimes referred to as spastic colon, including IBS symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

What is IBS?

Alternative names: Spastic colon, irritable colon, mucous colitis and functional bowel disease

Treating IBS

Often Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be treated through diet and lifestyle changes but certain sufferers may require other treatment such as medication and antibiotics.

Symptoms of IBS

IBS is difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms overlap with other gastrointestinal diseases.

Preventing IBS

Healthy lifestyle changes can reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and may even prevent it developing in the first place.

Causes of IBS

Read about the causes, treatment and diet for those living with the symptoms of spastic colon such as pain, bloating, and diarrhoea.

Diagnosing IBS

There are no tests to diagnose IBS, but here are certain criteria that need to be met before a diagnosis of IBS can be made.

Risk factors

It’s been noted that people who have had gastroenteritis or a previous bout of food poisoning are at higher risk of being diagnosed with IBS.

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