Hi all,My first real symptom was after my birthday when I'd been out with some friends for a meal I ended up doubled over in pain had no idea what the heck was going on as I'd eaten at the same place several times I'd had no stomach problems up until this point. I ended up going to the hospital where the primary care doctor told me it was a bowel spasm. Orginally, I thought especially with the consitipation too that some meds I was taking long term for my knee problems might of done it. So I stopped taking them went on as normal for a couple of weeks not even thinking about it. Then I had the pain again I always get it in the middle of the night really and I started to worry what was up with me. I went to my GP who said after he examined my stomach and after what I told him that he thinks that I have IBS. So he put me on Colofac tablets to take before I eat to stop me becoming bloated. I'd gone a week without having a problem then I had a burger one night and the pain in my stomach came back. It eased off pretty quickly the only way I can describe it was a spasm. Even after the spasm had gone for 3 maybe 4 days I'm being left with an achey stomach, nausea, headaches and back pain.Since then I've had three episodes of this since Saturday. Most recently tonight and I'm suffering from the pain right now an after effect of the most serious spasm I've had since after my birthday last month. I'm due back to see my GP on Friday. I've pretty much gathered that mince meat does not bode well with me but I'm really clueless food wise I don't know if anyone out there can recommend me a book with recipes or foods to avoid? Even though IBS is only a recent thing for me it's already impacting on my life. I'm worried about going out with friends especially for meals incase it starts. I've been planning a trip away to see my best friend (6-7 hours on train so I'm not close to home) I'm waiting till I see my GP again to make a decision but I'm unsure if I'll make it up there.A bit long sorry I'm just lost on who to turn to at the minute.
See a gastro. Don't expect much though, even though gastros are specialists, it's much easier to determine chrons, celiac, cancer, etc because those diseases are definitive with tests, ibs is not. Not one test can determine ibs. Ibs is diagnosed when all tests come back normal. On the bright side, you should hope for an ibs diagnosis because the prognosis for the other gastric disorders are grim.