Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects as many as one in five people.  Its symptoms can vary from person to person, but typically one or more of the following symptoms occur:

  1. Constipation
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Bloating
  4. Flatulence
  5. Abdominal pain or cramps
    1. may, or may not, be reduced by passing a stool
    2. may be specific to the lower right side or tucked up under the right ribs
    3. tucked up under left ribs, or if the pain is particularly bad it may move into the left armpit
    4. in women, left sided abdominal pain during sex
    5. or more generalised pain or cramping
  6. Painful swallowing
  7. Noisy gurgling stomach (may be loud enough to cause social embarrassment)
  8. Variable, erratic and unpredictable bowel habits
  9. Severe short stabbing pains in the rectum
  10. Passing urine more often
  11. Fatigue
  12. Loss of appetite
  13. Nausea
  14. Depressive symptoms
  15. Anxiety and stress-related symptoms, which may interact with the gut symptoms

IBS is a condition that is frequently covered up by the individual encountering its symptoms.  The media is unquestionably endeavouring to move us towards a point where we are more open to talk about bloating, stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhoea .In the event that you experience the ill effects of the condition, you will know how troublesome it can be to discuss what can be embarrassing symptoms.

If you suffer with IBS, you will also know only too well that the symptoms can seriously affect and limit your ability to enjoy life to the full.  It is the severity and frequency of symptoms that can be most troublesome and intrusive for sufferers and it is a condition that can be notoriously difficult to treat successfully.

Despite this, there are many cures and treatments recommended by the “experts” and these include a large number of medications and herbal treatments (e.g. for diarrhoea, constipation, cramps and flatulence or bloating); dietary changes and restrictions; exercises & different types of exercise seem to be in vogue at different times (e.g. yoga is currently experiencing an elevated status as the exercise “cure”); and lifestyle changes or restrictions.

In any case, the frustrating reality for IBS sufferers is that of the numerous medications above, which are variable and regularly disappointing in their treatment results, all intend to treat the side effects, instead of settling the main driver of the IBS.  This will mean that the person will always be likely to have a susceptibility to IBS, the symptoms of which could be moderated with treatments, but will more than likely return.

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

Hypnotherapy would help you to resolve your issues relating to IBS, leaving you free to lead a life without symptoms in future.  It would also provide you with a greater sense of self; it will boost self-confidence and self-esteem; it will help you build on your self-belief and you will find yourself being calm, self-assured and confident in situations where previously you may have experienced your most severe symptoms.

An added bonus is that hypnosis is wonderfully relaxing and reduces stress levels.

Here at Hypnotherapy North West we will place you at your ease so that you feel comfortable and free to talk about your symptoms in a safe and friendly environment.  We see how troublesome it can be to discuss IBS and to look for help, however in the event that you might want to free yourself of IBS and resolve any related issues, we are certain that we can help you.

Here at Hypnotherapy North West we have substantial experience of helping people to rid themselves of IBS and related symptoms and find that symptoms usually disappear within 8 sessions.

N.B.  Before engaging in any course of treatment, it is advisable to seek medical advice to ensure all other possible causes of your symptoms have been ruled out.