So guys just a quick update! I saw the specialist and she thought it was likely that i had gastroenteritis that then set off my IBS and may have inflamed my bowels a bit and thats what has made it last so long and she said it can last from 2-3 months eek! thank god im starting to feel a bit better! she said to continue to eat plain until i have no pain and normal stools and then add food gradually and of course no spicey! she prescribed me some probiotics and an antispasmodic! and i had to do a blood test and a stool sample..so i will find out the results next week! I mentioned the possibility of chrones and she just laughed and said it did not sound like it at all...so fingers crossed! this entire trip cost me just under £100! but it feels worth it already :)...sadly she said NO to alcohol so im gonna see how i feel in a week or so before i try that! i miss wine! thanks for listening!