Irritable Bowel Syndrome or ‘IBS’ is a condition that affects the digestive system. IBS is a functional disorder where the gut looks normal, but its function is disrupted. This can make IBS difficult to diagnose.
IBS is not an inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), coeliac disease or bowel cancer. However, these conditions can share similar symptoms.
Living with IBS can be challenging. Although there is no cure, changes to diet and lifestyle can help provide significant symptom relief.