Hi, I joined the forum a month ago and have found the posts and advice really helpful. This is my first post. I have suffered from an irritable bowel for about 6 months now and my GP has ruled out IBD, Crohns, Celiac from an initial stool sample. I was initially proscribed colofac for IBS and when that did not work Buscopan and Amitriptyline. However, nothing I've been proscribed or used (such as Peppermint, Ginger, Charcoal tablets, Apple Cider Vinegar) have helped with my symptoms - near daily bowel spasms, occasional D and very frequent bowel rumbling and gurgling that lasts for hours at a time and keeps my awake at night. While my food diary has not revealed any intolerances I think the next step is to ask my GP to see a dietitian and try Low FODMAP diet since it helps so many people on this forum.
However, I'd also like to pay for private tests not available on the NHS in Yorkshire such as SIBO and see a practitioner who specializes in IBS/Gut disorders and has time to sit down with me, discuss possible blood/stool tests and treatment options. Is there anyone based in Yorkshire or North of England who can recommend a practitioner here to explore next steps for diagnosis/treatment with me?