IBS Symptoms According to the NHS

Please note I am updating this page and will be posting links with an alternative to each of the points raised here.  It will be complete on monday. next week 

This is the stance on IBS taken from the NHS site.  I have included links which will give an alternative view.  I have worked with very many people over the years and have helped people to overcome symptoms they had been told they should learn to live with.  Read the whole section on Getting Rid of IBS and apply all the advice.  

According to the National Health Service symptoms of IBS are usually worse after eating and tend to come and go in bouts.  Most people have flare-ups of symptoms that last 2 - 4 days.

The most common symptoms are:

  • abdominal pain and cramping - often relieved by emptying your bowel
  • a change in your bowel habits such as diarrhoea, constipation or sometimes a combination of both
  • bloating and swelling of your abdomen
  • excessive wind (flatulence)
  • an urgent need to go to the loo
  • a feeling that you need to open your bowels even when you have just been to the loo
  • a feeling that you have not fully emptied your bowels
  • passing mucous from your bottom

​Owing to the embarrassment, pain and discomfort of IBS, many people also have feelings of depression and anxiety.

Bowel Symptoms of IBS

There are three main patterns of of bowel symptoms in IBS.  They are:

  • IBS with diarrhoea - when you have repeated bouts of diarrhoea
  • IBS with constipation - when you have repeated bouts of constipation
  • IBS mixed - repeated bouts of constpation and diarrhoea


Foods That Can Trigger IBS
  • Alcohol
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chocolate
  • Cafffeine: tea, coffee, cola drinks
  • Processed snacks
  • Fatty foods
  • Fried foods

​Stress can also be an issue.

Red Flag Symptoms

Certain symptoms indicate you may have another serious condition and that you need further tests and should consult your doctor immediately. These symptoms include:

  • unexplained weight loss
  • a swelling or lump in your abdomen or bottom
  • bleeding from your bottom  
  • anaemia (a lack of red blood cells) 

​The above are the Red Flag symptoms listed on the NHS site I took this information from but there are other symptoms you should also be aware of such as:

  • stools changing shape especially if they become very thin
  • very dark or black stools (unless you are taking an iron supplement which can make your stools black)
  • extreme difficulty passing stools that are not hard when they come out (can indicate a narrowing at some point in the colon
  • failure to get releases after two or more colonics
  • very pale stools (which can indicate gall and liver issues)

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