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I have IBS but by avoiding certain foods I'm usually able to control this.

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I have IBS but by avoiding certain foods I'm usually able to control this. However, over the last few months I've been frequently getting sore and bloated.

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The answer

Bloating is one of the major features of IBS, along with abdominal pain which is classically relieved by opening your bowels. It’s important not to attribute these symptoms to IBS unless you’ve had yourself checked out – for instance, while it’s not common, ovarian cancer can masquerade as IBS. It may be worth looking at your intake of alcohol and fizzy drinks as well, since some people with IBS find that both of these bring on symptoms. Traditionally high ‘roughage’ foods – wholegrain and wholemeal foods – may actually make symptoms worse. Soluble fibre, on the other hand, can help relieve symptoms in many people with IBS.

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