Us Brits cringe when our doctor asks us about our “bowel movements”. I mean that’s personal stuff. However, for those of us who suffer with problems of “the bowel” it can be not only embarrassing but debilitating. Severe IBS can have a large impact on everyday life as it is painful, inconvenient and depressing. If you have been noticing frequent abdominal pain, problems with diarrhea or gas it’s probably worth a read on. Compare your symptoms with those of IBS and find out what you can do to help reduce your discomfort. Most people with IBS are able to get their symptoms under control with some lifestyle and dietary changes. If that doesn’t work there are some medications that may. So grin and bear the cringe and get it checked out.