Do I have Ibs at 17?

I'm 17 years of age. Yesterday I had a appointment at the hospital and the doctor believes I may have ibs. My symptoms contain of diarrhoea, loose stools, abdominal pains, pains in the rib area, pains in arms, burning sensation in the stomach which rises to the chest whilst laying down, nausea, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, weight loss, feel faint all the time, I also get very heated, I seem to be burping a lot, and when I go to the toilet there is always mucus, I also have bad periods. I'm also now depressed and have anxiety as I have not left my house in months due to these symptoms. Does this sound like ibs? Please help.. Thanks :)

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  • sounds familiar. I would suggest you need more tests though to confirm the diagnosis, sunch as a colonoscopy/endoscopy. Also has anything changed in your life to trigger the symptoms?

  • Hello ivesy, nope nothing has really changed I had a phobia of having to go for a poo in school so maybe its all happened because of that. Ever since I started high school I can remember being worried about going the toilet and holding it in until i got home

  • It may sounds trivial but usually something triggers it. What did the doctor suggest you do? Did he give you anything to take?

  • Oh I am awful sorry! I thought this was one of my posts an it isn't, I'm new here hahaah

  • The doctor has suggested that I add more fibre to my diet and eat breakfast and more fruit as I hardly eat anything as I'm scared to go to the toilet. The doctor prescribed me Omeprazole to control the burning sensation. And I've been booked in for more tests..

  • Nothing has really changed in my life, I do have stressful days as my niece has cerebral palsy and epilepsy so that's so stressful. And a few family issues but nothing too major..

  • Hi sorry to read that you are poorly. Ibs is a digonised when other bowel issues are ruled out. Are the hospital testing you for celiac disease? A blood test then a camera into you bowel may be needed to look for other bowel conditions like Crohn's disease if no answer can be found for your issues lbs is given. Try not to worry and get answers, as treatment will depend on the results

  • Yeah I had to have a few blood tests today. I have the camera procedure booked for a couple weeks away. I had the blood tests before, but they all come back not certain, but when I got the m today the nurse said that it was really weird as my blood wasn't coming out properly? Could this be connected do you think? Thank you :)

  • No I wouldn't worry, properly not a good vein

  • Okay thank you :)

  • Sorry to hear this Volvic. My IBS started at 17. It's not unusual. It is good they are doing all the tests. Usually they diagnose IBS once other causes have been eliminated. I note someone else mentioned the coeliac test. It may be worth checking they are testing your bloods for this too ( incidentally if you are on a low gluten / low wheat diet then this test is invalid. You have to be eating wheat and gluten daily for some weeks for the coeliac test to be done) I'm only querying this because many people cut wheat out of their diets.

    I hear you and feel for you. It is not easy when you bowel problems start so young. I was your age when mine started. 17 was a long time ago for me! But I can relate to it. I had the mucous thing too and sometimes it would just come out.

    I think a good plan is to have all the tests, await the results and go from there. I don't come on the IBS forum much, but would be interested to know how you get on. Good luck.

  • Thankyou so much! I will keep you informed.

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