‘Normal’ bowel habits – doctor’s guide to stool appearance and if something is abnormal


This is an opinion reflected by Dr Sloan: “Not all bowel habit changes are sinister. Sometimes, it is the nerve endings of the bowel that are overactive. This is a condition called irritable bowel syndrome. However, when well-managed, this can be calmed down again.”

What are the main symptoms of IBS?

The main symptoms of IBS include:
• Stomach pain or cramps
• Bloating
• Diarrhoea
• Constipation.

IBS is a relatively common condition, one which can be caused by a range of factors such as alcohol, caffeine, certain foods, stress, and anxiety.

Furthermore, IBS can also cause its own set of side effects including farting, backache, nausea, problems with peeing, mucus coming from the bottom, and a lack of energy.

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