Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Our gut is wired by a very rich bundle of nerve fibres. This network, called the enteric nervous system, determines the motility of our gut (how quickly or slowly it works) and what it feels (hunger pains, indigestion pain, cramps). A bowel that 'feels' a lot more or moves slower or faster than usual is an 'irritable' bowel. Frustratingly for the patients, this causes uncomfortable symptoms and affects their quality of life. Many patients also dislike the title of 'IBS' and feel their suffering is not being taken seriously by the doctor. Our doctors are experienced in managing this condition, from making sure you have not got a more 'serious' illness, to explaining the underlying mechanisms for your symptoms and help you manage these.