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Hi there, I recently discovered this forum and was amazed to find that other people seem to have the same problems as me. I have not been diagnosed with IBS, only suspect that it's what's causing my tummy troubles for the last 10+ years. About 6 years ago I had a lactose intolerance test which came back normal and the doctor said I was probably just sensitive to dairy products. I usually try to avoid dairy products but have not noticed any improvements.My symptoms include stomach cramps, bloating, gas, diarrea, constipation, fatigue and back pains. The symtoms have gotten worse in the last year or so to the point that I never feel like "myself". Upon finding out about IBS online I was relieved at first to be able to put a name to my problems but at this stage it feels quite daunting to have to change my eating habits so drastically and everything I want seem to trigger the symptoms. At the moment I am living abroad which is partly the reason for my hesitation to go to the doctor for a proper diagnosis. I also feel that they wouldn't really do much to help me, after my last attempt 6 years ago. But what do I know? Anyways, looking forward to explore this forum and hopefully be able to one day spend a day without feeling like a balloon!All the best,Anneli
 

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IBS is the "craps." Pun intentional. I have all the symptoms that you have. Have you been to an MD gastro specialist? IBS has very similar symptoms to many more serious conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's disease. You may also be gluten intolerant and have Celiac disease. These are things to have checked out when visiting a specialist -- don't let a general practitioner do the tests -- leave it up to the specialist to give you a diagnosis. You need to rule out the more serious conditions before settling on that you're dealing with IBS. Better safe than sorry. Something to think about, but not to worry about.
 

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Hi there, I recently discovered this forum and was amazed to find that other people seem to have the same problems as me. I have not been diagnosed with IBS, only suspect that it's what's causing my tummy troubles for the last 10+ years. About 6 years ago I had a lactose intolerance test which came back normal and the doctor said I was probably just sensitive to dairy products. I usually try to avoid dairy products but have not noticed any improvements.My symptoms include stomach cramps, bloating, gas, diarrea, constipation, fatigue and back pains. The symtoms have gotten worse in the last year or so to the point that I never feel like "myself". Upon finding out about IBS online I was relieved at first to be able to put a name to my problems but at this stage it feels quite daunting to have to change my eating habits so drastically and everything I want seem to trigger the symptoms. At the moment I am living abroad which is partly the reason for my hesitation to go to the doctor for a proper diagnosis. I also feel that they wouldn't really do much to help me, after my last attempt 6 years ago. But what do I know? Anyways, looking forward to explore this forum and hopefully be able to one day spend a day without feeling like a balloon!All the best,Anneli
hi anneli welcome to ibs one of the suckest things that could happen to a person. ive sufferd since 1991 and talked to so many drs. with no help except to say figure out what upsets your tummy and stop eating it.(also was told it was all in my head) well i just found out about a new product and its helping me alot.i'm not sure if its ok to write the name of the product on this web page so if your interested just e-mail me at [email protected] and i'll get that info to you.
 

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Hi guys,Thanks very much for your replies, it gave me something to think about. I am definately looking to find an appointment with a specialist, however have heard that the waiting list can be as long as 6 months. Anyways, hoping it won't be that long! Thanks again.
 
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