New to the site. Been getting some troublesome symptoms recently and wanted to see what you thought. Maybe think back to when your IBS first started to appear, does this sound familiar? Am I looking at potential IBS?
Basically back in September 2017 I had a really spicy curry, the day afterwards I was on the toilet all day with diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Though nothing more of it other than maybe a dodgy takeaway. Fast forward to the first weekend in December 2017 and out of nowhere I woke up at night with bloating, gripes and diarrhoea. This lasted for 2 days before subsiding. It was all clear throughout the working week for 6 or 7 days. Then on the following weekend on the Sunday night I woke at night again with the same symptoms, worse this time so much so that I had to call in sick to work. This lasted approx 2 days again. Christmas came and all was normal with my bowels etc. I ate usual amounts of rubbish over Christmas and to excessive amounts but no sign of any symptoms. Continued to eat not the best over New Year and nothing of note. Then this weekend 6th January I've had a return of the symptoms as previously suffered. Cramps/gripes, solid stomach, diarrhoea and feeling of not emptying bowels completely. This time they have lasted 3 days but seem to be settling today slightly. I note that this time round the onset of the symptoms seemed more gradual rather than the sudden onset of previous times.
I do have a stressful job and I also have been taking PPI (Lansoprazole) for heartburn for the last 7 or 8 years. Could these symptoms be the start of IBS or warning signs that unless I change my diet IBS will kick in properly? What are your thoughts people?
I'm hesitant to go to the GP at the moment but if the symptoms occur again I feel I have no option. I am also going to look to introduce small dietary changes.
Thanks in advance for all your comments and thoughts!