I am 43 years of age and as I understand am quite young to have this disease. The doctor gave me a rectal examination yesterday and although I asked to be referred for a colonoscopy the doctor just gave me the impression that this is something that I can live with - ie. keep taking the high fibre, movicol (although this doesn't always help and at times causes quite uncomfortable pain in lower left abdoman). Stomach continually swollen. I have an extremely healthy diet including high fibre and at the moment the only help I am getting is very strong peppermint tea doses throughout the day (4 bags in 1 cup), although even then is hard to push to go to the toilet and without going too much into detail, have to help myself go to the toilet. Feeling really frustrated as when I had the op I was advised at the hospital that I would probably be referred for a colonoscopy to examine further next steps but the doctor just tells me its nothing to be worried about and I can managed it with diet and laxatives. Should I get a second opinion?. Any help or advice would be greatly welcomed.