Ibs at weekends

After a few relatively symptom free months my ibs has flared up again this weekend. This has happened to me before. It's like I'm so busy with my routine during the week that it doesn't bother me but when I slow down at the weekend I get symptoms. Could it be that the change in routine sets me off either physically and/or mentally? I feel so rubbish and have had several incidents of D over the weekend.

I've never officially had my ibs diagnosed. I've had bloods and a digital rectal exam before but that's it in the way of testing. Because I'm young (under 30) and because my symptoms tend to come and go and I can have long periods of symptom free time I have tried not to worry too much but the worry of bowel cancer always rears its head whenever I get a flare up. Any reassurance would be great :(

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  • I experienced the same issues for over 5 years now, the difference is that my symptoms appear around Christmas (when things get quieter) and disappear in the 2nd half of January. For colon cancer and any inflammatory bowel diseases there is a very useful test you can do, it's called Fecal Calprotectine Test. If it's in normal range, you have IBS, if it's not, you could have different types of bowel diseases.

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