Hello all, first post so I hope I do it properly! Since my mid teens (I'm now 21) I've had relatively minor and infrequent phases of passing very soft (but not usually liquid) stools with occasional cramping. I'd never gone to the doctor about this as I found it fairly easy to manage and symptoms usually cleared up in a few days.
However, for much of the last 5 weeks I've found things a lot harder to deal with. I've had maybe 10 days out of the last 35 where I've felt normal. The rest of the time I've had soft stools with a lot of mucus nearly every day, on a few days they have just been liquid which is very unusual for me. I still don't have much pain and if I do it's nearly always right before I have an urge to use the toilet. I also find I'm very 'gurgly' before I have to go, I can tell if it's going to be a bad day by the amount of noise! The noise doesn't appear to be in my stomach, but lower down, if that makes sense. I've also found that I can use the toilet, but 10 minutes later feel like I need to use it again. This is typically worse in the morning. I'm only eating very plain foods but that doesn't seem to be helping much.
I've been to the GP who took a stools sample, I'm waiting to hear back from them but I can't help but think 'what if...' and worry myself thinking it could be something more dangerous! The whole thing is stressing me out and getting me down and I'm sure that isn't helping me feel any better! I guess I'm just hoping for some reassurance. Does it sound like I may have IBS? If so, will this become 'normal' for me or are there times where symptoms go away?
Thanks in advance.