I live in a relatively remote location (my husband is in the military) and have been dealing with intestinal problems for about three and a half months.After I weened my daughter, I started to have a pain in the lower right side of my abdomen. The doctor said that I was constipated. Long story short, after several doctor's visits, several attempts at using laxatives of various strengths, a blood test for thyroid problems (negative), and a CT scan, the pain has not gone away (the CT scan was most recent and, though I was having a BM every day, still showed "severe" constipation). I have started taking fiber suppliments and have been having 1 to 3 BMs a day. I still have the discomfort.The discomfort varies in strength and may even be effected by my menstrual cycle. Also, I feel like my abdomen gets a little distended in the evenings sometimes.The military doctor is stumped and has referred me to another doctor. Unfortunately, there isn't a gastro specialist here so the best we can do is a general surgeon who has experience with that area of the body. I am awaiting my next appointment.There has been no mention of IBS by the doctor.My younger sister has been diagnosed with IBS herself.I know that stress can have an effect on IBS, and my husband is deployed away from home.Should I be asking my doctor specifically about IBS? Could I have developed it after my pregnancy?