Hello everyone! This is a long post so my apologies in advance, but please persevere with me
I'm looking for some guidance from people who will understand me.
About 2 months ago I had very severe stomach/abdominal cramps for a few hours. However, after eating something and getting some rest the pain subsided but didn't fully go away. For the next few days I had bad pains, especially every morning. And, unlike before this started, I would open my bowels every morning, with major pain. Also, one morning I had very runny stools and bad pain which lasted for a few hours. One odd thing though, is the pain would be bad every morning/daytime but almost go away by nighttime and then return again, like clockwork.
After this, I went to see my GP who didn't diagnose with me IBS as she said it was too early to say but said it was most likely some weakened bacteria and virus affecting the gut and I had gastroenteritis. But, the pain continued so after about another week and a half I went back and saw another GP who felt my stomach and said there was nothing wrong to the touch so, to rule out anything serious I had a blood test and stool sample. All came back clear, so no coeliac or diabetes and no bacteria/viruses in the gut. It was then that they moved on to a possible diagnosis of IBS. The very nice doctor gave me two options, as it is not affecting my life in a very severe way: we can do nothing and see if it gets better over time or try taking anti-spasmodics (Buscopan), to help with the pain. I've also started drinking peppermint tea regularly as apparently that is a natural anti-spasmodic. I've also removed caffeine and most dairy from my diet.
Recently, I have started eating breakfast regularly every morning (I never used to eat breakfast), and this eating helps with the pain. Furthermore, recently, the amount and length of pain has got quite a bit better. My bowel movements seem regular, as I have no diarrhea or constipation.
I know I've only had this for 2 months, but it does get me down every now and again knowing that I will every day with some pain. As a person whose pain threshold is almost non-existent, that isn't good. Some seem to think that this is post-infectious IBS.
My question is, has anyone else had this or know any good treatments. And also, does IBS last forever (as I'm only 17) or does it dissipate as you get older?
P.S: My mum has a condition where her bowels don't empty properly and has to rush to the toilet every morning (although she has no pain) and my dad has bad stomach (not gut) pains as he has acid reflux.