I used to confuse the pain on my tummy with tiredness . Ignored it completely . I am a man I would say to myself this will pass. But it went on for the majority of my life . I am 42 years old now. A big chunk of my life got lost or stolen. I regret it so much . You know I never complained about this to anyone even my closest friends ,the pain was there but slow continues pain , never felt fresh even when I woke up in the morning. It is a bastard of a illness, it does not kill or stop you doing stuffs but it was with me even psychologically I accepted it as a way of my life.
I feel I never achieved my life to its potential .
That is why I would advise to never ignore your body tell you GP as soon as possible any sign