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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 30 August 2007
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Stomach cramps, trapped wind and feeling bloated? Do you swing between having diarrhoea and feeling constipated?

You could be suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS.

Up to one in five people suffer from IBS, and for many the symptoms stretch beyond the bowel - from headaches and dizziness, to ringing in the ears and shortness of breath.

It’s not clear exactly what causes IBS, but it’s thought that factors such as stress and inflammation make the gut more sensitive in IBS patients.

While there are treatments available, they need to be tailored to the patient’s specific symptoms. A treatment that works for one may make matters worse for another.

Barbara Myers puts your questions about the condition and how to treat it to Gastroenterologist Dr Anton Emmanuel at University College Hospital in London.

Please contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700-100-444 on the day of broadcast or e-mail using the Contact Check Up link above.

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