Dr Stephen John Middleton MA MD FRCP FAHE

Consultant Gastroenterologist

The Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a common condition and has been reported to affect up to 40% of the UK population at some time or another. It can affect adults at any age but most often affects those in the working years and tends to develop when people are under stress. However, there are several other causes of IBS such as gastrointestinal infections like food poisoning. Although the infection resolves patients are left with an altered bowel habit, often alternating diarrhoea and constipation associated with a bloated feeling, flatulence and diffuse abdominal discomfort or pain. IBS can also cause heartburn in some cases. 
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The cause of IBS is thought to be oversensitivity of the gastrointestinal tract.
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