New Support Programme For Anyone With IBS
As many as 20% of the British population suffers with irritable bowel syndrome, according to charity The IBS Network. The exact causes of this longstanding, incurable condition, which affects more women than men, are unclear, but among its main symptoms are abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea, but they can also include nausea, fatigue, headaches and backaches. It is known that stress and eating certain foods can exacerbate symptoms, that can last from one day to several weeks or even months at a time.
To help anyone experiencing IBS, talkhealth has launched myIBS, a free 12-week programme written by leading medical experts from County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust. myIBS consists of dedicated information covering symptoms and treatments, common triggers and irritants, tests, diet, the psychological impact of living with IBS, plus tips on questions for patients to ask their doctor. You can learn more about myIBS on talkhealth’s website.
“IBS now affects up to a fifth of Britain’s population, but everyone has a unique experience of this incurable condition, which can have a significant impact on people’s mental wellbeing as well as their physical health,” says Deborah Wyatt, Director of talkhealth. “Lifestyle changes can ease the symptoms people face, and our free programme provides extra support to help people manage and control IBS, and boost their confidence in living normal, healthy lives.”