Hey! I’m Gemma, I’m 25 years old and have GI problems since I was 16. At the time I was told IBS and I was fine with it as it made sense. But over the years, my symptoms have got so bad.
I’ll share my symptoms: bleeding, major urgency, constipation but still have to run!, severe stomach pain (my worst symptom!), ulcers, achy joints, mucus in stool, fatigue, accidents!, bloated all the time and uncomfortable, sore lips, red eyes, dizzy, just generally feeling unwell, I get burning in my throat...the list goes on and on!
I really think I have Crohn's or colitis (I always thought colitis but as my symptoms get worse and more symptoms in my mouth etc I’m thinking more Crohn's?).
I’m struggling with getting doctors to listen and take me seriously.
They don’t want to know and they fob me off with “You’ve just got IBS, get over it.” But if I have IBS, why am I bleeding and have all these horrible symptoms?
It’s really tiring trying to get doctors to listen and care! And I just want help and a diagnosis so I can be given meds that help! Not just get told, “Take paracetamol and get over it.”
Has anyone had this experience before (struggling with doctors) and do you think my symptoms sound like IBD?
I always feel poorly and I just want some help :/ If anyone has any advice or anything I’d be so grateful, thank you.