Hi everyone. I just found this forum and I am so glad you are all here! I have had symptoms of IBS for my whole life, but have never had anything to confirm it. I am now 24 years old. I went to an OBGYN about 9 months ago who brushed my pain off as IBS, and that's all I've had to go on. Lately it has been much worse, and the pain has been much more frequent. My stomach becomes so distended it looks like I am pregnant. A lump forms on the left side of my bellybutton (it is soft, not hard). I have pain all over my abdomen, mostly on the left side. Alternating D and C, mostly D. Lots of other things too that you probably don't want to read about! My question is, should I go directly to a GI doc to get checked out and get properly diagnosed? I would appreciate any advice you could give me. Thanks!