I am 21 years old. I think I have IBS. I have been tested for gluten intolerance and Crohns disease, both negative. So, using common sense, I blame my symptoms on IBS.
In the last year or 2, my symptoms have become much worse.
However, after a 6 month period of almost no symptoms at all, I thought I was rid of this awful thing!!
But, the last few days have told me different.
After eating, I will have the "oh dear here it comes" stomach cramps - resulting in loose stools - but not always liquid, just upset (if that makes any sense) - mushy - nasty word but best way to describe it.
I have the weird gurgling noises from my tummy for no apparent reason sometimes.
Plus, I don't really get hungry much - I don't have a big desire to eat either.
I used to have big issues in the morning, I would wake up - have a stomach ache every morning without fail and loose stools - this was happening every day.
But now it seems that my symptoms are coming back around.
I get very anxious about being sick - so the moment I get "crampy" and have loose stools - my first thought is that I have norovirus - which makes me worry - which I know does not help the situation.
I do not have the best diet, I don't eat unless I'm home to stay for the night - to avoid getting the "D" out in public, and when I do eat - its usually bland food to hopefully keep my tummy happy.
I get bloated and gass etc, it may be uncomfortable but It does not bother me at all, its the D which does, so i am a regular taker of Immodium (gift from god that stuff) when it all flares up.
Another thing I wish to mention, usually when I flare up - Ill have loose stools once. Very rarely more than that. But afterwards my tummy will feel sore and painful for the whole day.
On a couple of occasions, I have had 3-4 bouts of loose stool in a short space of time, so it seems that when it flares up, its daily but all in one go, not all day.
Sorry for the long description!!
So, Im hoping someone will be able to let me know if they have similar experiences, or if this does not sound like IBS or what I can do to just feel normal I guess!!!