Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that causes discomfort in your stomach and changes in your bowel habits. This is a long term condition that affects your digestive system. Symptoms include stomach cramps, bloating and diarrhoea, symptoms vary between patients with some affecting people more severely that others.

The symptoms tend to be on and off lasting in periods of a few days to a few months. IBS can be developed at any age but is most common for patients around 20 to 30. You may also find the symptoms easing off after you open your bowels.

There is no specific cause if IBS however experts say that it can be caused by your digestive system having difficulty digesting food or an enhanced sensitivity of the gut. This means that a patient is sensitive to pain in this area and food passes through either too quick or too slowly, leading to constipation and diarrhoea.

At Hadley Wood Hospital our consultants are professionally trained with many years experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients and tailor each service to their needs.


There is no real medical cure for Irritable bowel syndrome, it is normally managed by a change in your lifestyle habits along with your diet. In other cases medication or psychological treatments can be used. Patients are advised to understand there symptoms better and identify the foods that trigger them, increasing the amount of fibre within their diet. This is also helped with regular exercise and a reduction to stress levels.