Thousands suffer from irritable bowel syndrome but there are things that can be done to tackle the symptoms
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is what’s known as a functional disorder, so an X-ray of the gut would show no obvious problem and there is no single cause.
It’s thought that in people with IBS, the gut is simply more sensitive, but experts still don’t know why.
It’s been suggested it could be triggered by an infection, such as gastroenteritis, or overuse of antibiotics or other drugs, typically anti-inflammatories.
Symptoms may come and go at different times in your life so it’s a question of learning to manage the condition.