Before attempting to treat symptoms of IBS, it is essential to seek a formal medical diagnosis of the condition. This will ensure that all other possible causes of your symptoms have been ruled out.
Once diagnosed, there are a number of effective options available which can help to keep symptoms under control and minimise the impact of IBS on your life. It is important to remember that IBS is usually not a life-long problem: for most people, the severity of IBS will decrease over time. Also, it is reassuring to remember that IBS cannot lead to the development of a life-threatening disease.
There are also treatments that are available to people who have been medically diagnosed as suffering from IBS.