Hi, I have had bowel issues for over 30 years. Dozens of medical investigations led to a firm diagnosis of motility dysfunction in the large bowel. This dysfunction intermittently causes a blockage where nothing will pass through, causing me a lot of pain and fever. I do not have constipation as such, or diarrhoea.
My condition is categorised as a "functional bowel disorder". IBS is also a functional bowel disorder, so one might say the two conditions are related but are not the same. Though the effects can be similar in both. From years of looking I have not found a forum that fits my symptoms better than an IBS forum.
I manage my condition through diet. I have Diverticular Disease as well as the bowel dysfunction, so have to be on low residue (low fibre) diet anyway. I also follow a FODMAPs diet which avoids all grains. It does mean a very restricted diet but is the only way I have found to manage my condition without the frequent bouts of fever and pain I suffered all through my 30's and 40's.
I am about to start taking a probiotic again, as there is now clinical evidence that shows it can have some beneficial effect in bowel disorders like mine.
I would be interested to know if there is anyone else here who has a similar bowel condition to mine and how they go about managing it.