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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that can be extremely debilitating. According to Faecal calprotectin diagnostic tests for inflammatory diseases of the bowel; NICE Diagnostics Guidance (Oct 2013), IBS occurs in 10-20% of the population in the UK, but prevalence is thought to be higher than this as many people with the disorder do not seek medical advice.
The symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, bloating, lethargy. These symptoms can also be aggravated by eating. The condition can seriously affect sufferers' quality of life and finding treatment can be difficult.
Stress aggravates IBS although it doesn’t cause it. Suffering from the condition itself can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety, in some cases negatively affecting many areas of your life. It may cause some people to change their job or leave work altogether.
Hypnotherapy can help manage IBS and greatly improve your quality of life.