I've had twinges, cramps and pains in my abdomen for a couple of years now (along with the runs and constipation). I've tried various diets and had no relief. My GP put it down to "just IBS". (Hence I joined this network).
Two weeks ago the pain became unbearable, I collapsed on the floor, doubled up in agony and an ambulance was called. Almost immediately the doctors in A&E came to the conclusion that this was acute cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder) and scans confirmed it, and showed a mass of large and (much more dangerous) very small gallstones.
I've since seen three GE specialists and they've all said how lucky I was not to have suffered serious complications, walking around with an infected gallbladder for all this time.
I'm surprised how similar some of the symptoms of chronic IBS and acute cholecystitis can be. I wonder if this thought had crossed anyone else's mind and if ultrasound scans of the gallbladder are routinely carried out on patients (to eliminate cholecystitis) before coming to the conclusion that the "problem" is IBS?
Of course, once I have the gallbladder ripped out by the surgeons, there is no guarantee that the pains, spasms, cramps and wind will disappear altogether, so I'm not cancelling my membership of the network yet!