Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions affecting up to 10-20% of the UK’s population*, with common symptoms including persistent heartburn and indigestion. However recent research has found that only one in two people (around 55%) would visit their doctor if they experienced heartburn most days for three weeks or more**.
With this in mind experts at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital will be on hand to offer advice at a free ‘Be Good to Your Gut’ event at The Chesterfield on Wednesday 22 April from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Dr Jim Portal, Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, said: “Over-the-counter medicines are great for helping with the odd bout of acid reflux, however if your symptoms don’t disappear after three or more weeks, we would strongly urge seeking medical advice to rule out more serious conditions.”
Dr Tom Creed, also a Consultant Gastroenterologist at The Chesterfield added: “We appreciate that with common conditions like this it can be hard to know if you should visit your doctor but it’s always better to get these things checked out. You should definitely get a check-up if you’ve experienced two or more of these five key symptoms:
• A sudden change in bowel habit
• Unexplained weight loss
• Blood in the stool
• Difficulty swallowing
• Increasing heartburn, indigestion or other abdominal pain
“If you’re at all concerned about any symptoms you have relating to your gut and digestive system then I would definitely recommend coming along to our free event on 22 April.”
To book a place at the Be Good to Your Gut event please call 0117 911 9756 or visit www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/bristol.
*St Marks Foundation http://www.stmarksfoundation.org/index.php?page=statistics
** Public Health England: www.gov.uk/government/news/be-clear-on-cancer-campaign-highlights-links-between-heartburn-and-cancer