We can all get a tummy upset if we’ve eaten too much rich food or if something has upset us.
It’s part of life and usually clears up fairly quickly. The symptoms of IBS can tend to last a long time but can come and go depending on what is happening in your life.
When Should I See my Doctor?
You should see your doctor:
If your symptoms continue for more than a month for no obvious cause (diet, stress or medication)
If you have Red Flag Symptoms
If anybody in your family has suffered from bowel or ovarian cancer, inflammatory bowel disease or Coeliac Disease.
If you are worried it could be anything more serious
If you need specific advice on how to manage it.
Doctors are under more pressure than ever before. Their priority is to diagnose and treat life-threatening diseases. They may not have the time to be able to help you understand the intricacies of your IBS, but they should screen out life-threatening illnesses that may cause the same symptoms.