Many bowel conditions can bring a great deal of difficulty to peoples lives. Traditionally, we have felt embarrassed to talk to someone about these symptoms or we dismiss them thinking they are only mild. But when patients stop to think about these symptoms they often find they have a big impact on their lives. For example, always having to know where the nearest toilet is or bloating and pain, which stops them from attending social functions.
Thankfully, as more information is available we are getting better about talking through these problems and this helps us to find solutions. The clinical team at MAC have been involved in a number of studies to try and improve the lives of patients with bowel problems and will deal with any issues sensitively.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating and changes in bowel habits. Some patients suffer constipation others diarrhoea and very commonly a mixture of both. This is a common condition which causes distress to many patients. In fact, roughly one in five of the UK population suffer from it.
Depending on the predominant symptom, we treat this by changing diet (low-FODMAP diet) and using some medications which try to reduce the severity of the spasms that can come with this condition.
However, at MAC we are looking at new treatments to control the symptoms and eventually aim to cure the condition.