People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can experience a number of symptoms including abdominal pain, abdominal bloating and distension, excess wind (flatulence), nausea, diarrhoea and constipation.
It is important to make sure there is no other underlying cause for the symptoms before assuming that IBS is the problem because sometimes serious illnesses can cause these symptoms. Your doctor can arrange tests to help detect serious illnesses that may need urgent treatment. These tests may include blood tests (including a test for Coeliac Disease), stool tests and colonoscopy (where the large bowel is visualised with a fibre-optic scope).
Specialists advise treating IBS with a diet known as the FODMAP diet .Many people with IBS find that their symptoms are much less if they avoid eating food containing FODMAPs.
For information on IBS and FODMAPs, see the following website