Researchers at the University of Southampton (who aren’t as squeamish as I am) have been busy asking questions about how people develop IBS. That’s Irritable Bowel Syndrome, not the Irascible Blair Syndrome that Gordon Brown would have you believe he’s suffering.
620 people who had had gastroenteritis were asked at three and six months after their diagnosis about their lifestyles, whether or not they had developed symptoms of IBS and what their stress levels were like. Very would be my guess if they weren’t able to access a toilet easily whilst being questioned and needed one like NOW!!!, and their responses have thrown up some interesting answers:
Apparently 5% of the British population have IBS and of those one in ten have developed it after having a bacterial gut infection. Gut infections are extremely unpleasant and symptoms can include ulceration of the gut lining, severe vomiting and rectal bleeding. IBS symptoms aren’t that much nicer either as they can include diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and bloating.
It seems that the one in ten who go on to develop IBS are more likely to be ‘driven and perfectionist’ personalities according to strong stomached Dr Rona Moss -Morris who analysed the data. It seems those with IBS also have high levels of stress and anxiety and because it goes again their grain to take time off to recuperate after illness, they don’t give themselves chance to get better and so make their IBS symptoms worse.
So there you have it, if a dodgy pasty or kebab has made you hurl for Britain, you need to take time out til you’re back to normal or else you run the risk of continued toilet related unpleasantness for a lot longer than a few days.