Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often dismissed as a trivial complaint blown out of proportion by neurotic hypochondriacs.
The reality is very different. It is an extremely common and distressing problem affecting up to 20% of the population at any one time.
The symptoms include bloating, wind, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation, and the condition can vary in severity. If you suffer from IBS , this book will answer the questions that you were too embarrassed to ask.
Based on his long experience as a consultant gastroenterologist.
Dr Shmueli provides detailed guidance on all aspects of the condition, answering over 430 questions from people with IBS.
IBS: Answers at your Fingertips gives you:*Comprehensive answers to all your questions about IBS: its causes, symptoms and treatment*Self-help techniques that really work*Guidance on identifying other illnesses and disorders that could cause abdominal pain, plus a section explaining relevant medical tests and investigations*The latest reseach on food allergy and intolerance*Advice on complementary therapies, including herbal medicine, acupuncture and hypnotherapyQuestions include:How common is IBS?*Is IBS predominantly a disease of Western developed countries?*Is IBS associated with indigestion?*Do probiotics help?*What increases the pain signal from the gut?*What do doctors need to know about the nature of the pain to make a diagnosis?*If the tests are normal will the doctor think I have wasted his time?*Where does all the gas in the bowel come from?*Is bloating real?*Which foods are most likely to make gas problems and bloating worse?*Is there any right number of times to open my bowels each day?*What causes constipation?*I've had diarrhoea for almost a month now.
What could be causing it?*Who gets coeliac disease?*What is worse for long-term health - constipation or diarrhoea?*Why are doctors sceptical about dietary interventions for IBS?*Which foods are most commonly involved in food allergy?