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Hi,I'm a long term IBS sufferer, but not diagnosed until 2005 after a prolonged IBS-D phase. For the last 5 years I've only had occasional flare-ups, and when I've had them my symptoms have been consistent with what I'd normally expect - morning urgency, wind/gas pains and abdominal discomfort, incomplete evacuation, diarrhoea, worse symptoms around the time of my period. After having a sigmoidoscopy in early 2005 and following a restricted diet for 2 months (cutting out wheat, yeast, dairy, alcohol) my symptoms largely cleared up over the next couple of months, and I've only had these occasional short term flare-ups. I stopped following the restricted diet and mostly have had no severe or lasting problems where I can't get relief with probiotics and relaxation.Now I'm experiencing a lot of the same sypmtoms as I had before - frequent pain and discomfort, terrible wind/gas pains and increased gas, diarrhoea - 7-10 BMs a day over the last couple of days, etc. This seems to have come out of nowhere, but, looking back over the last few months I've been experiencing symptoms that could be explained by IBS, but which are new to me, and have made me really worried that there might be something else going on:1 vague abdominal pains, moving around, but often very low down on either left or right hand side2 a month or so where I felt constipated - like my rectum was always full but I couldn't pass anything3 sharp anal pains4 sharp wind-like pains just before having a BM, much further down in the colon than I usually get. These can be really painful at times5 occasional bloatingI've recently read how often gynaecological issues can get explained as IBS, when actually there might be something serious going on that gets ignored. I know I'm probably sounding stupid, but I don't want to put these symptoms down to IBS and just get on with it, and am getting really worried about ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, endometriosis etc. If I was just experiencing this current flare I'd be down about having to deal with another quite severe episode, but wouldn't be having such anxiety about it. Can anyone advise me? I'm prepared to go back to my GP, but want to try and get things straight in my head firstThanks so much for any advice
 

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Can anyone advise me? I'm prepared to go back to my GP
I would go to the dr or your OB/GYN and just get the ovarian stuff ruled out.But in my heart of hearts.. I think it is just IBS. Your symptoms are more IBS likely than Ovarian cancer likely!
 

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Thank you for replying - the problem is that I think my GP would be reluctant to refer me to a gynaecologist on the basis of my symptoms. I last saw her about this last summer and she just asked if my periods were regular - which they are. I'm in the UK, and it can be quite difficult getting to see a specialist.
 

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When they did a comparison of IBSers with people with ovarian cancer one notable difference was with IBS bloating was occasional (would come and go) where with ovary problems it tends to get severe quicky and then tends to be pretty consistent.Although whenever symptoms change significantly it is worth getting a checkup and at least see if the general doc will do an abdominal exam and run some basic blood work. The symptoms do sound like IBS rather than anything else, but whenever there is a big change it isn't a bad idea to have a check up.
 

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Thanks so much for the advice - I will ask my GP whether she'll do an abdominal exam and blood tests. Would you be able to give me some guidance as to which blood tests I should be pushing for, considering my symptoms? Thanks again
 

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You could ask your GP if you could get the blood test for Celiac Disease and the Helicobactor Phylori and maybe he/she would do general bloods as well,that is what i would ask for.Have you had a recent smear test done?that can usually put your mind at rest also.I myself suffer from persistent bloating but it is down to having severe ibs.Hope you get on okay at your GP.
 

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A complete blood count is an important test. If you come up anemic or the sedimentation rate is elevate (sign of inflammation in the body) those may indicate you need more testing. Anemia sometimes can be bad diet, but if it doesn't reverse with vitamin/mineral supplements that would definitely be a sign to get tested for celiac or other reasons you aren't absorbing those properly.
 
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