I'm after a bit of advice on coping with IBS. I have always struggled with tummy pain but I became really ill last year and have had IBS every day for nearly a year now. I had an endoscopy which revealed gastritis and a hiatus hernia. This explained the pain and sickness. I also had a colonoscopy and although they didn't find anything my symptoms suggest IBS. I have been on medication for gastritis for months now as it keeps coming back. My main problem though is my bowel movements. I've tried many different anti-spasmodically and peppermint oil but everything seems to make the pain worse. I bloat every time I eat something and spend a lot of time on the toilet. It's ruining my sex life as that too can be painful and uncomfortable and there have been a couple of occasions where we have had to stop so I can dash to the bathroom! They say that going to the toilet is meant to ease the pain but I sometimes find it makes it worse. I have mouth ulcers, cold sores and this week I've contracted the virus from cold sores on my little finger! I also have piles and skin tags so it feel like I have defects all the way through my digestive system.
I also have hypothyroidism, PCOS, hypotension and hypoglycaemia. i constantly feel tired and unwell and I'm wondering whether my IBS and other conditions are linked. I'm only 31 and seem to have all the ailments of someone twice my age. I'm fed up of traveling back and forth from the doctors and wondered if anyone has found alternative treatments that help?