Hi everyone, hope you are all well!!
I came across this site and forum recently and thought it might help as I am looking for some advice.
I’m 25 and was diagnosed with IBS three years ago, after getting the usual symptoms such as: constipation, Diarrhoea and Abdominal pain. At first, it was quite manageable with the most common medications (EG: Buscapan) but due to the IBS, my stomach became sensitive to Lactose so I couldn’t take a lot of IBS medications as they contain this. I also completely cut Lactose out of my diet.
I’d say since about January this year, my current symptoms have become worse and I have developed more symptoms such as: passing blood in stools and when wiping, abdominal pains in my lower stomach, my bowels feeling full despite going to the toilet a number of a times a day and for a long duration of a time (it could be from 10 mins to 1 hour each time), painful passing stools, pain inside bum and nausea.
During lockdown I contacted my GP three times and was given two different medications, which didn’t help but today I was seen by my GP. He examined my stomach, which was painful when he touched my Lower stomach and he also done an internal examination of my back passage.
He said everything felt fine but he wants to take a stool sample from me and has referred me for an Endoscopy, which is scheduled for next month.
I know everyone says not to Google your symptoms but due to not being able to see a GP for months because of COVID, I thought I’d do a bit of research myself. After entering my symptoms, Colitis appeared a few times so I looked into it. To me, my symptoms direct me towards Colitis but I asked my GP today and he said different.
I know none of us will be sure what’s causing my current symptoms to get worse and the appearance of my new symptoms, until I get my stools tested and the Endoscopy done but can anyone relate to this?
I used to be able to manage my symptoms but recently I don’t know what to do? It’s affecting my daily and social life more than it ever has and it’s getting me down.
Apologies for the essay but I wanted to make sure I put everything down before I posted.