Hi,I'm a 32 Yr old male living in the UK. I've always had a delicate gut but recently it's got a lot worse. It started 5 weeks ago with what i thought was a routine bug - banging headache, stomach ache and diarrhea. However once the headaches and the generally haziness of a bug passed my stomach has never returned to its normal self.I haven't been getting what i would consider any consistently serious pains i.e. doubling up and having to run to the toilet but the majority of the pain has been down either side of the abdomen, rather like a heavy stitch (a bit bloated i suppose) underneath the ribs. Having said that the pains will move around a bit to other parts of my gut from time to time. The pains are generally worse when I move about in comparison to being sat or laid down. My bowel movements have been very loose barring one or two solids combined with about 3 bouts of full-on diarrhea. The pains in my stomach don't seem to subside when i've had a bowel movement and I always have to go first thing in the morning and maybe two more times before early afternoon.This all coincided with me losing one of my best friends to cancer as well.I've been to the doctors and initially they tried me on buscopan but that didn't work. I went again last week and they took some blood tests for crohns etc and I'm waiting for those results. I've tried peppermint oil capsules but I think that made me much worse as I had very bad diarrhea and excruciating abdominal pains (last night). I'm cutting down on some dairy products but I would also consider myself to have a pretty good and balanced diet.Last night i was particularly bad after the peppermint capsules (I think) and its beginning to become a concern for me. I'm constantly checking my stools for blood (nice!) but I'm not sure I'd be able to see it anyway - I think I'm going to go back to the doctors and get a stool testing kit (?!) which can pick up traces of blood (has anyone else done this?). My doctor has ruled out a colonoscopy for now as I'm "too young" for bowel cancer - I know this isn't true but at the same time i know they work of statistics. With my friend passing away i suppose i'm getting a little concerned and would appreciate if any of these symptoms sound similar to people who had had all the sinister stuff ruled out!I must add as well that during these last 5 weeks i have had two 3 or 4 day periods of what i would consider normal bowel movements but at the moment it is at its worst during the whole time period.Thanks to anyone who takes the time to respond.