Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a term used to describe a variety of gut symptoms. It can also be referred to as a functional bowel disorder (FBD).

Typical symptoms of IBS include: abdominal pain, bloating, wind (flatulence and burping), loose stools/diarrhoea and constipation. Dietary changes can often help improve the symptoms of IBS.

Many IBS symptoms are the same as those seen in undiagnosed Coeliac Disease and it is important to be tested for Coeliac Disease if you have these symptoms.

Remember to alter your diet gradually to give your bowels time to adjust. You may like to monitor your progress by keeping a food and symptom diary.

According to your individual symptoms, you need to make specific changes to your diet. Please see the PDF downloads below for more information or ask your GP or nurse for a referral to the Dietetics service.


IBS Diet and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS - Linseed and Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS - Diet and IBS Resistant Starches

IBS - Introduction to A Low FODMAP Diet

Other useful websites

If you have any concerns regarding your condition, please ask your doctor, or any other health care professional, to refer you to the Dietetic service.