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Hello, I have had trouble with my bowels (D trouble) for about 5 years now. I went to the doctor and he said there were more people who had this and he couldn't do much for me, and would rather not put me on any medication. I have D a couple of times a week and on bad days a couple of times a day and suffer from gas as well. I'm feeling a little sick lately as well and am in pain when having bad D and going to the toilet. Does anyone think I have IBS or is it worse when you have IBS??? The doctor didn't say I have it, but I really recognise seom things I have read on this page. Sp let me know what you think please!
 

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IBS varies in intensity and shares symptoms with a lot of other problems. So you can be pretty mild to quite severe. So some with IBS have fewer more mild symptoms than you describe and others have much worse symptoms than you describe. However, when it is something other than IBS usually there are other things going on that are often called "Red flags" Most people who have no red flags on extensive testing turn out to have IBS. Most of what is "other than IBS" tends to be much more serious.Red Flags.Inexplicable weight loss completely unrelated to what you eat/how much you exercise. If you stop eating to ease symptoms it is normal to lose weight. This is usually the no matter how much you eat you lose weight or barely maintain your weight sort of thing. (Eat like Sumo wrestler look like heroin-chic model sort of thing).Anemia and other abnormalities in routine blood tests (esp elevated sedimentation rate)Blood (esp brownish blackish blood) in stools. Small amounts of bright red blood on the outside of stools or when you wipe is usually anal irritation/hemaroids.Pain that wakes you up from a sound sleep in the middle of the night.Diarrhea that is very watery or occurs so that you are well over the normal range of Bowel movements per day (so greater than three a day)K.
 

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Hi! From the info you gave in your post, your symptoms sound quite like mine. But before anything can be done to help you - you need a diagnosis! From what you said of your doctor, he hasn't given you much help. If this is the case, don't be afraid to seek advice elsewhere. I know that drugs for the rest of your life isn't a great answer, but drugs and other more natural treatments, like dietary changes, can give you relief. There ARE ways that doctors can help you - so find one that will!!!If you are worried about your symptoms indicating something more than IBS, ask to get some tests done (not sure if you have or not?). Blood and faeces tests can sometimes indicate something more than IBS, or you could get an internal examination such as a colonoscopy.Good luck with finding relief, and seriously consider seeking a second opinionPolly
 
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