Living with IBS and Functional Indigestion (Dyspepsia)

IBS & Functional Indigestion (Dyspepsia)

Functional Digestive Disorders like medically diagnosed IBS and Functional Indigestion can be extremely uncomfortable because they are characterised by a range of unpleasant digestive symptoms. Some people can experience multiple symptoms which can vary in frequency and severity. They can also severely impact your quality of life. “Functional” means the bowel looks normal (i.e. no lesions can be seen that might explain the symptoms) but does not function properly.

If you think you might be suffering from a functional digestive disorder, make sure you visit your doctor.

Iberogast for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrom and Functional Dyspepsia

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common problem affecting the digestive system (gut). It is estimated that around one in five Australians experience the unpleasant symptoms of IBS at some time.3

Even so, if you have medically diagnosed IBS there is plenty you can do to keep the symptoms in check and live a life with fewer interruptions.

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) is a common problem that affects the digestive tract (gut).

The collection of IBS symptoms can include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fullness
  • Constipation

If you think you might have IBS you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible. While IBS can be painful, it does not damage the colon or other parts of the digestive system, and does not lead to other health problems.
IBS can be quite different in different people. Some people will suffer different symptoms to others, and their symptoms may change over time. For those suffering multiple symptoms one solution for these multiple symptoms is handy to have.

What causes IBS?

Stress can cause multiple digestive symptoms

The exact cause of IBS isn’t yet known. People with medically diagnosed IBS can have organs (e.g. the colon) that are more sensitive to pain.

Gender, age, genetics, hormonal changes, medications, gastrointestinal infections, allergies and certain foods have been linked to the development of IBS. Doctors and researchers also believe that psychological reasons like stress play a large part.

If you have medically diagnosed IBS, certain factors can ‘trigger’ symptoms or ‘attacks’, including:

  • Infection – an episode of inflammation of the gut may result in persistent bowel symptoms in people with IBS.
  • Food intolerance – people with IBS may experience impaired absorption of lactose (a sugar found in dairy and many processed foods), fructose or sorbitol (an artificial sweetener), triggering IBS symptoms.
  • General diet – Low fibre diets can make constipation worse in some people with IBS.
  • Stress – Strong emotions, such as anxiety or stress, can affect the nerves of the bowel in people with IBS, triggering symptoms.
  • Medications – Certain medications (such as antibiotics, antacids and painkillers) can cause constipation or diarrhoea.

Managing medically diagnosed IBS

Is there a cure?

Whilst there are effective treatment options to relieve the symptoms of medically diagnosed IBS, like Iberogast, unfortunately there’s currently no cure for IBS. Treatments tend to focus on easing or relieving the digestive symptoms associated with the syndrome.

Changing your routine can make a big difference too. You can begin to learn when your symptoms tend to occur, such as when you eat certain foods like cabbages and onions, when you don’t do enough exercise, or when you’re under a lot of stress. You can then adapt your routine to help avoid triggering your IBS symptoms.

Working together with your healthcare professional can help decide the most appropriate treatment for your IBS symptoms.

IBS is a condition with multiple symptoms that can occur at the same time, and a treatment with a multi-targeted action, like Iberogast, can be effective and fast-acting to relieve the symptoms of medically diagnosed IBS.
Iberogast harnesses the power of 9 medicinal herbal extracts that reinforce each other, to relieve the multiple symptoms of medically diagnosed IBS.

Functional Indigestion (Dyspepsia)

Along with medically diagnosed IBS, Functional Indigestion is one of the most common functional digestive disorders. Symptoms include discomfort or pain in the stomach, bloating, heartburn, nausea and feeling full quickly when eating.

The cause of Functional Indigestion can vary and no one really knows why it happens. It can be related to problems in the nerves that are attached to the stomach or digestive tract, infections and psychological factors.

What is Functional Indigestion (Dyspepsia)?

Along with IBS, Functional Indigestion is one of the most common functional digestive disorders. Functional Indigestion sums up digestive symptoms including:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Feelings of fullness
  • Nausea
  • Bloating

People who suffer from Functional Indigestion tend to react to excitement and stress in the upper abdomen, and often experience eating as a burden. They have what’s sometimes called a “nervous stomach”.
If you think you might have Functional Indigestion you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

What causes Functional Indigestion (Dyspepsia)?

Fast Food and greasy food can cause stomach problems

The exact cause of Functional Indigestion isn’t yet known. The symptoms are very varied, and so are the reasons behind them. Eating too quickly and swallowing too much air can contribute to a nervous stomach, as can greasy food, spices, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and too much sugar.

Stomach muscles that work too slowly are a suspected cause of Functional Indigestion. This slowness means that food can’t be transported quickly enough. An over-active gastric motor function can also be to blame; strong muscular movements can lead to severe abdominal pain. For some people, Functional Indigestion is triggered by an irritable stomach. Psychological factors such as stress and emotional upset are also thought to play a big role.

Managing Functional Indigestion (Dyspepsia)

Is there a cure?

Experts have not yet found a cure for Functional Indigestion but there are things you can do to relieve and limit the digestive symptoms associated with the condition. Try Iberogast for fast-acting, effective relief.

Keeping a journal of your mood, meals, and symptoms can help you to identify and avoid triggers. Breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and even psychotherapy are also handy ways to manage Functional Indigestion, especially for those who struggle to cope with stress.

Working together with your healthcare professional can help decide the most appropriate treatment for your Functional Indigestion.

Functional indigestion is a condition with multiple symptoms that can occur at the same time, and a treatment with a multi-targeted action, like Iberogast, can work fast to provide effective relief from the symptoms of Functional Indigestion.

Iberogast harnesses the power of 9 medicinal herbal extracts that reinforce each other, to relieve the multiple symptoms of Functional Indigestion.