“A significant proportion of people with M.E. report that they also have stomach and bowel symptoms very similar to those found in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
“This leaflet looks at those symptoms, how they should to be investigated, and what treatments are available. Sue Luscombe, Diet and Nutrition Adviser to the ME Association, also considers how to bring IBS symptoms under control.
“Around 10% of population have IBS symptoms. They quite often occur in M.E. but do not form part of the list of key symptoms in most of the criteria that are used for diagnosing M.E.
“This is important because having symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, or a change in bowel habit may indicate that a completely separate gastric or bowel disorder is present.”
Topics discussed in this leaflet, include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Coeliac Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Lactose Intolerance
- What causes IBS symptoms?
- When should you see your doctor?
- Clinical investigations
- Managing IBS symptoms
- Dietary considerations and changes to diet
- Drugs that might help
- Other prescriptions
- How to bring IBS symptoms under control by Sue Luscombe, diet and nutrition adviser to the ME Association
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.