The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Diarrhoea and constipation: chaos, control and a possible explanation.

One of the most intriguing questions about IBS is why some people have diarrhoea most of the time, others have constipation and others seem to alternate between those two opposing … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Taming the stubborn bowel; a constipated person’s guide to defaecation.

  The colon is an obstinate beast.  It likes to have its own way and will not work to your order.  The more you try to bend it to your … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nothing in, nothing out: but is there more to constipation?

Doctors tend not to consider IBS a serious condition; that would be a mistake.  Although most people seem to cope with the occasional inconvenience of it and live a normal … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

IBS: How can diarrhoea and constipation coexist in the same illness

This is one of the biggest mysteries of IBS.  Alternating diarrhoea and constipation is a well known subset of IBS, but it is not always balanced.  Many people with diarrhoea … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Stool Gazing: A Definitive Guide.

In the nineteen sixties before the age of scans and blood tests for everything, medical students were drilled on in the arts of history taking and clinical examination.  Xrays and … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

The meaning of constipation

So why do people get constipated?  Is it all due to the diet; not enough fruit, vegetables or cereal fibre?  Do they have a disease affecting the motility of the … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Whatever happened to Susan?

It was late spring and yet Susan arrived dressed in a heavy overcoat, which she kept on throughout the whole of our consultation.  Her surgeon had written to me from … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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