Hi I'm new here. My boyfriend has just been diagnosed with IBS. He is on Zapain painkillers constantly for stomach pain above his belly button and below his rib cage. He has had scans and blood tests that all have returned normal. My question really is that is it normal to be in this sort of pain permanently? He doesn't really have diarrhoea or constipation and he has changed his diet to the low fodmap diet. He has been in this pain for nearly three months now (which is constant). When the painkillers wear off every four hours the pain is there straight away. Is this normal of IBS. He isn't sleeping properly as when the painkillers wear off during the night then he's awake!
Any advice would be great as I'm so worried about him.