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Hi - my first visit to this site. Opinions and help from others re my symptoms will be most welcome!I have had abdominal problems since I was in my early 20s – I am now 43 (female). Over the years I have had several investigations including stool sampling, barium enema, sigmoidoscopy, and cervical / ovarian scan (family history of ovarian cancer). I eat very healthily (I do not eat meat - I do eat fish - and never eat processed foods). I have tried elimination diets in the past but don’t seem to have found one cause for my symptoms. I have accepted over the years that I have to live with IBS (if that’s what I have) but recently have wondered if I have candidiasis.My symptoms are erratic, occurring in bouts, for no obvious reason – bouts do not appear to be stress related (if they are, I am not aware of the stress). Symptoms include:Abdominal cramps and extreme distension particularly AFTER a bowel action first thing in the morning (which I believe is rare with IBS - it's usually relieved by a bowel action). My lower bowel then feels irritated and almost “nervy”. The distension extends the whole of my upper and lower abdomen, making me appear several months pregnant. This lasts for several hours, and sometimes several days. Often the distension is accompanied by pain in the lower right abdomen (I believe this region is called the iliac fossa).When the “IBS” is at its worst, stools feel hot when being passed. I either get constipation or loose stools, the latter being more frequent.Sometimes when I am having a bad IBS attack, I get an itchy vagina, often with a white, strong smelling discharge. I have an active love life with a wonderful man so this is not a welcome symptom at all! I also get night sweats – sometimes for several nights in a row, then no sign of them for weeks.I also have what has been diagnosed as chronic urticaria – small intensely itchy skin hives that sometimes (without scratching) weep with clear serous fluid. These hives look like flea bites and occur primarily on my neck, scalp and upper back, although they can occur on other parts of the body. They are made worse or an attack can be precipitated if I have drunk too much alcohol.I also have constant athletes foot – which reappears within a couple of days of treatment if I forget to apply crï¿½me on just one day.I have been better over the past few months since removing gluten and potatoes completely from my diet and thought I had found the source of the problem, until last week when the whole thing flared up again with no obvious cause.Acupuncture has been of significant help in reducing all my symptoms in the past – but it’s an expensive thing to keep doing for years!Anyone have any new ideas or know of a good specialist in Oxford or London, UK? Many thanks indeed.