Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition of the digestive system, which has varying effects on sufferers.

What is IBS?

IBS  is the common term used to describe the illness associated with abdominal bloating and discomfort, and is thought to affect up to 1 in 5 people.  It is more common in women than men and usually occurs for the first time between the ages of 20-30.

Symptoms vary from person to person, but can include:

  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhoea
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Backache
  • Bloating
  • Muscle pains

What causes IBS and is there a cure?

IBS has no known specific cause, but is thought to be affected by lifestyle factors, such as stress, diet, and environment.  It can be eased with lifestyle changes and some medicines, although dietary changes can help significantly.


Patient experience:

It has been my great pleasure to be a patient with the Taymount Clinic. I was diagnosed with IBS in 2011, and it seems to have developed as a result of an infection I picked up on trips to Costa Rica and Brazil. Since then, I’ve tested positive for and been treated for parasites, tested positive for and been treated multiple times for SIBO (treated with antibiotics), and experimented with a number of restrictive diets and supplements as prescribed by conventional, integrative, and holistic doctors and nutritionists. Some of these treatments have provided short-term improvements, but relapses of symptoms have repeatedly occurred. In addition to symptoms of digestive discomfort, I’ve also had symptoms of fatigue that have significantly impacted my ability to work over the last 4 years.

I was a patient at Taymount Clinic in March 2015. I was very impressed by the professionalism of the staff, cleanliness of the procedures and facility, and felt very comfortable and well taken care of by all the friendly, highly competent nurses. They were always patient and attentive, and the procedures all went very smoothly. I also received health and nutrition counseling on several days, which was also very informative and helpful.

By the middle of the second week of treatments, I already felt my digestive symptoms improving. I’ve been back in California for 3 months now, and my health has continued to improve since returning. Aside from a couple brief setbacks caused by not getting enough rest, I’ve felt much better in the last couple months than since before the onset of symptoms in 2011, in terms of lessened digestive symptoms, better food absorption, and more consistent energy. I’ve been able to engage socially in a way I haven’t been able to in years, and I’ve finally felt healthy enough to engage in more demanding work that I’ve also been unable to for quite some time. My energy and symptoms continue to improve, and I’m looking forward to becoming as healthy or more healthy than I was before symptoms began in 2011.

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