A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body protrudes through the surrounding tissue wall or pushes out through a weak area of muscle. Hernias normally develop between the chest and the hips and may not have any associated symptoms.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects the large intestine, causing a range of unpleasant symptoms including diarrhoea, constipation , abdominal pain and cramps, bloating and gas. It may also cause nausea, indigestion, tiredness, headaches and fatigue.
Whether you call them haemorrhoids or piles, this common condition can be painful and persistent, but there are treatments that can help so there is no need to suffer in silence.
Diverticular disease, or colonic diverticulosis, is the term given to small pouches, which form in the wall of the bowel as one gets older, . These pouches, called diverticulae, occur commonly after the age of 40 and are normally harmless. However, if they become infected or inflamed you can develop severe abdominal pain, nausea, fever…
A hernia occurs when a hole develops in muscle, allowing part of internal organ – normally the intestines or fat surrounding the intestines – to protrude through it. It is this that produces the distinctive swelling or lump under the skin that is often the first sign that something is wrong.