Failure to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Young man with strong stomach pain.

Irritable bowel syndrome, also referred to as IBS, is a common condition which affects the digestive system, causing diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and stomach cramps. The symptoms of IBS usually first appear between the ages of 20 and 30 and can be made worse by eating certain foods or stressful situations. Whilst the cause of IBS is unknown, it is thought to be linked to gut sensitivity, and it may also be linked to previous food-related illnesses. It is important to see your GP if you have any symptoms of IBS, and they may suggest keeping a food diary to monitor which foods are a trigger for your symptoms. Your GP will also normally want to rule out other conditions such as coeliac disease.

There is no cure for IBS, but diet and lifestyle changes can help to manage symptoms. Being reassured by your GP can help and medication can be prescribed. Because IBS can be a painful, debilitating condition, failure to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome can leave people feeling isolated and struggling to manage their symptoms. Three out of four people diagnosed with the condition will suffer from depression and over 50% will develop generalised anxiety disorder, so a prompt diagnosis and support are essential.

Are you suffering from IBS?

If you have visited your GP and experienced failure to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome, you may have suffered as a result. Without the reassurance of your GP and medication to control your symptoms, you may have found yourself unable to attend work, suffered loss of earnings and depression or anxiety as a result of your symptoms. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. Contacting a personal injury lawyer can help you to determine whether medical negligence has occurred and whether you are eligible to claim compensation.

Accident Advice Helpline is here for you

When it comes to claiming compensation for medical negligence, trust Accident Advice Helpline to handle your claim from start to finish. We offer the very highest standards of customer service and a 100% no win, no fee* service to all our customers. What’s more, it’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice, so whether you are ready to proceed with a claim or have questions you would like answers to, we can help. If you have been affected by failure to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome or another condition, our team will listen to you and support you through every step of the claims process; we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

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