I have been suffering from IBS for years, causing constipation, bloating and cramps. I also have back pain, which is worse when my PDS is bad. Are they connected?
Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is very common. No fewer than one in five people suffer from it and the symptoms can be debilitating.
Bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation are common, usually every day.
But it is also associated with symptoms that you would not necessarily associate with the gut.
This includes fatigue, headache, bladder problems, sexual dysfunction and, yes, back pain.
IBS is also associated with symptoms that you would not necessarily associate with the gut. This includes fatigue, headache, bladder problems, sexual dysfunction and, yes, back pain (photo)
Symptoms of IBS can come and go and depend on triggers that make them worse. These can be diet such as caffeine or alcohol, or emotionally such as stress and anxiety.
For people with both IBS and chronic back pain, the symptoms of both are likely to flare up at the same time, even if they are not directly linked.
Symptoms of any condition can cause stress, which in turn causes an attack of problems caused by another disease. Pain complaints, including back complaints, are particularly sensitive to emotional stress.
It is important that IBS can simulate other, more serious circumstances. For example, the combination of IBS and back pain can conceal similar symptoms of endometriosis or Crohn's disease.
It is essential that these conditions are excluded as part of the IBS diagnostic process.
I don't have access to a computer, let alone the internet, but my doctor tells me to order my repeat prescriptions online. Surely they can do it by phone?
It is not a standard procedure to issue recipes by telephone. Most GPs have no staff to facilitate this, which increases the risk of serious errors.
In most cases, the patient completes a prescription request in writing at the operation and this is signed by a doctor within two to three days.
Patients with repeat prescriptions have a repeat receipt that they fill in and return to the surgery so that the doctor can sign them.
Anyone with a regular prescription should also talk to their pharmacist about what is known as EPS – the electronic prescription service.
Patients can complete an online form (as shown on a computer), stating their prescription and dosage, and the medicine will be sent directly to a pharmacy of your choice
This means that patients no longer have to collect a paper prescription from the general practice. Patients can complete an online form with their prescription and dosage, and the medicine is sent directly to a pharmacy of your choice.
Contact the pharmacist to check if they have your repeat medication in stock.
Patients can also have repeat prescriptions delivered to pharmacies such as Lloyds.
These are home services that are specially designed for people who are home bound or have problems accessing their repeat recipes. You do not need online access, but you can arrange this monthly by calling your local Lloyds branch.
For people with online access, repeat prescriptions can be requested via downloadable telephone applications such as the NHS app or Evergreen.
A daily task for diabetics … Check your feet
If you are about to put on your socks, look carefully. If you see changes, see your doctor immediately
It is a grim statistic: toe, foot and leg amputations are performed every day in patients with diabetes. There have been 27,465 such operations since 2015 – a significant increase over previous years – and linked to an increasing number of Britons with blood sugar disease related to obesity.
Diabetes increases the risk of foot problems because it causes nerve damage and blood circulation. A small wound or sore can easily go unnoticed until the infection has started. And a lack of blood supply means that it may never heal.
All diabetics receive an annual NHS foot check to test nerve function and blood supply. These are vital for catching subtle early signs of a problem. But self-care is also vital: Diabetes UK recommends that patients check their feet every day.
So when you are about to put on your socks, look carefully. If you see changes, see your doctor immediately.
Does anyone fancy a nice bowl of cauliflower ice cream? No me neither. That's why I didn't give Peekaboo a frozen dessert ("Vegetables in every bite," the makers promise) when I came across it online last week.
I suppose it's seen as a healthy & # 39; treat & # 39; – but a quick look at the nutritional profile reveals the same calorie, sugar and fat content as a container with Ben & Jerry & # 39; s.
I know what I prefer.
Email DrEllie@mailonsunday.co.uk or write to Health, The Mail on Sunday, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT. Dr. Ellie can only respond in a general context and cannot respond to individual cases or give personal answers. Always consult your own doctor if you are concerned about health.
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