Have suffered for over 30 years on and off with varying symptoms of IBS but the last couple of weeks have got really bad and just wondering if this is really IBS and what to do about it. My stools have been really soft for months now and go once or twice a day, mainly first thing in the morning. Then the last couple of weeks I have started to get pain in right side and loads of wind constantly, but worse in the morning and before/straight after going to loo. The pain started off low down on the right hand side but is slowly moving upwards and seems to be across my Transverse Colon more than anything now and below rib on right side. GP has given me Colofac tablelet (anti spasmodic) to take before meals and also done blood test (awaiting results) to test for Celiac and also to check blood count. She says if blood count is low she may refer me for a colonoscopy.... which terrifies me, as bowel cancer was what my grandfather and uncle had. She also recommended taking Lactulose, as even though I have loose stools, I could have some constipation further up.
Also finding that sometimes, like when I have eaten carrots for instance, my food does not seem to digest properly and can still see lots of it mixed in when I go to loo. Always feel like I need to go again, even when I don't, although that is something I have suffered with from time to time anyway.
I don't eat dairy as it always makes me worse, so gave that up a long time ago.
Has anybody else found there symptoms to be like this? Just don't know what to do at the moment and first thing in the mornings I am really struggling now and it is starting to affect my life and I have to get to work first thing and it is getting harder and harder.