Hi All, I'm new to this forum. I have been "diagnosed" with IBS/Chronic idiopathic constipation. I am at a loss as to what to do. The strangest thing about my problem is that it seemingly came out of nowhere. I live in Australia and about 8 months ago went travelling to the UK and throughout Europe. A few days after arriving in the UK was when my symptoms started. A complete loss of sensation and urge to have a bowel movement as well as bloating were my main symptoms. I travelled for nearly 2 months and only had one proper bowel movement during this time which was after taking a stimulant laxative. I had tried adjusting my diet to include more fibre, cutting out dairy and gluten, nothing worked. Tried taking all fibre out of my diet to see if that worked to no avail. I have been back home for 6 months now and the symptoms are exactly the same. I have had a CT scan, faecal tests and blood tests and all have come back negative. My doctors have told me I need to accept this and get on with life taking laxatives for the rest of my life (which don't really work for me). I have close family history of small bowel cancer (mother) and ulcerative colitis (father). I am very stressed. I am booked in for a colonoscopy soon, which my specialist said was a bit unnecessary and would most likely show nothing so that's what I'm expecting. I have never had problems with being regular every before in my life. I am 24 years old and refuse to live like this. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I am convinced it has something to do with bacteria/pathogens. Any personal experiences/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys
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