Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Also known as "IBS," irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders. IBS is not a life-threatening condition. There is no structural defect or disease, in fact, the intestinal tract appears normal for the most part in people with IBS, which makes it harder for your doctor to diagnose. It is estimated that less than half of people with IBS actually seek medical attention for it.
Our mental and emotional state seems to play an important role in IBS. IBS sufferers often experience flare-ups when angry and upset, especially at mealtime.
There are many reasons why hypnotherapy is an ideal method of treatment for IBS.
- Hypnotherapy is excellent at lowering stress and anxiety levels.
- Hypnotherapy is powerful and effective at pain reduction and is particularly very effective at removing the perpception of pain.
Typical symptoms include distension of the abdomen, pain relieved by bowel movements, constipation alternating with diarrhoea, mucous in the stools, and a feeling of incomplete bowel movements. These problems may be constant or they may come and go. People are generally not diagnosed as having IBS before these complaints have persisted for at least three months.
Are you chronically nervous and stressed? Do you suffer nagging abdominal pain, bloating, and loose painful bowel movements alternating with constipation? Do you often find a lot of mucous in your stools? If the answer is "Yes," and these problems are not due to some physical, clearly identifiable bowel disease, it's likely your doctor may diagnose you with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
People with IBS are more likely to have other discomforts such as heartburn, pain when swallowing, fatigue, chest pain (not involving the heart), and urinary-gynaecological problems. IBS can mimic more serious diseases such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, endometriosis, and psychiatric disorders.
It is important to discuss this first with your doctor. Although hypnotherapy has proven to be extremely effective for treating irritable bowel syndrome, IBS is still classed as a medical condition. If you think you might have IBS then the first thing to do is visit your doctor to get their diagnosis and advice. If your doctor agrees that you have IBS then hypnotherapy could really help you. Please contact me.
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