Irritable bowel syndrome aka IBS is more common than a lot of people think and affects one in five of us. For those that may not know what IBS is it's pain caused by muscle spasms in the bowel and symptoms can vary from person to person. The most common symptoms include abdominal pain and discomfort, diarrhea and constipation and bloating of the abdomen.
The people at Buscopan have revealed that IBS is on the rise and 81% of GPs saying they have seen an increase over the past 10 years. There seems to be a lot of confusion about the condition though:
- 1 in 3 don't know what causes IBS for flare up
- 1 in 6 people with IBS haven't told anyone
-1 in 10 Brits haven't heard of IBS.
I have been sent a little hamper to help me to relax this is because stress is a trigger for IBS and I find I get stressed a lot so this tends to be one of the triggers for me. The hamper I was sent contains a vogue coloring book and my own personalised coloring pencils, a keep smiling tote bag and a the white company candle.
It's time to start taking back control by:
- Knowing your food triggers
For me my food trigger is takeaways so I don't have them that often. Some foods can make the condition worse so its important to work out what yours are so you can give them a miss for awhile.
Stress is a trigger of IBS and I suffer from stress quite regularly. Its best to talk to someone about IBS and also about stress as this can help you to deal with stress and improve the condition.
- Have something to hand
At the first sign of a flare up take an over the counter remedy such as Buscopan to help with symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Buscopan IBS Relief works differently to painkillers as it has an antispasmodic action that specifically targets the root cause of abdominal pain to quickly help the muscle of the bowel return to normal. It starts to work within 15 minutes, acting directly on the muscle spasm in the bowel to quickly and effectively relieve the painful cramps and discomfort of IBS. Buscopan IBS Relief is gentle on the stomach and can be used at the first sign of flare-up as needed. Buscopan IBS Relief is priced at £4.99 for 20 tablets and £8.34 for 40 tablets. Buscopan IBS Relief contains hyoscine butylbromide. For medically confirmed IBS. Always read the label.