Survey results for

October/January: IBS, Constipation and Diarrhoea

During our Online Clinic on Bladder, Bowel, and Digestive Health, we had a number of fascinating questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As a result, we sought to find out more from our members by hosting a survey where they could tell us more about their experiences with the condition, as well as the connected symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea.

Here are the top highlights from the survey:

  • Three quarters of the IBS sufferers who completed the survey had implemented dietary changes to try to manage their IBS; over half had tried making lifestyle changes such as cutting down on stress and taking prescription medications
  • Many others had tried over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. The most common medications used were antispasmodics (including muscle relaxants such as peppermint oil), and laxatives, yet 75% indicated that none of the treatments they had tried had treated their symptoms satisfactorily
  • Two thirds stated that they felt that there was insufficient support offered by the medical profession
  • The biggest triggers and impacts included being out in public, going to work and personal relationships

If you would like more support with your condition, here are some helpful links:

talkIBS forum
myIBS support programme
talkIBS hub

If you're interested in a detailed analysis of the results for these surveys please contact us.