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I'm 23 years old and male. I have had stomach related problems now for years but it's only been very minor, nothing that ever required me to take a visit to the doctor, until i was about 21. Since then dependant on what i eat affects how i feel. Over the last year it has got worse and worse, to the point where i have now cut all dairy and gluten out of my diet, because prolonged amounts give me diarrhea and stomach pains.
I have had a Fecal Occult Blood test, aswell as other blood tests and results came back as totally normal. I was told i have IBS and given medication for it. For most of this year i have kept it at bay and put up with it.
However as of October 2015 things have gotten much worse. I hadn't had any alcohol for around a month and then on 1st October i went out with friends and got very very drunk on vodka. I woke up the next day and after hangover had faded i felt a pain in my stomach and a pain in my kidney/bladder.
Went to the doctor and they said i had a minor UTI infection so i thought this was the cause of the pain. After a week infection had cleared up but pain was still there. Went back to the doctor he said he would book me for an Ultrasound to check my Bladder and Kidneys. 6 week later i Had this scan and sad to say they found nothing wrong with me at all.
This has really upset me because my doctor says my symptoms point to IBS and because of my age and the fact my blood tests are all okay, they won't do further testing. I want to have a Colonoscopy to be on the safe side but he said there is no point...
I am really confused because this pain i have had has now lasted just over 8 weeks and it is making my life hell.
The pain itself is a stomach pain, which i feel nausea most of the time, cramps and constant dull pain in stomach. Pain is made worse if i am very hungry and sometimes worse after eating, if i eat too much the pain increases and i feel like i can't stand up it is that bad.
The pain alongside this is also a bladder/kidney type pain it feels like. I have urges to urinate almost all the time, not once in 8 weeks has it dissapeared. I am now urinating every 2-3 hours just to get some sort of relief. Sometimes when i urinate i get a small amount of relief, sometimes though it just adds to the pain for around 10 minutes then settles. When i am sitting down it feels worse in my stomach/bladder. I wake up every morning in agony needing to urinate. I also have a pain under my ribs which is a constant dull ache, so much so that i can no longer sleep on my right side at night
I can't understand what is wrong with me, i realise i have IBS, but on 1st October these symptoms just came out of nowhere and now it is affecting my life so much. I'm struggling alot at work and im self employed so that makes things worse. I'm losing my confidence in going out with friends because i can barely drink any alcohol i feel bloated and unwell very quickly. If i stand up for longer then 30 minutes the dull pain increases and i feel i need to sit down for a while. I literally feel like an old man at present
Sad to say this is making me feel very down, i dont know what the solution is, i want to fight this because i fear otherwise it will take over my life until i pray it subsides or goes away!
Should i keep pressuring the doctors for a Colonoscopy? What other tests are available for stomach/kidney/bladder? Is there a type of CT scan i could have?
I genuinly dont know where to turn too and i have limited knowledge in this subject, so will greatly appreciate any advice from anybody on here!
My diet is alot better than it used to be. I have lost around 15-20 pounds since October just because my appetite isn't there and i am in pain alot so i try to avoid overeating like i used too.
I take Colofac, but that doesn't seem to do anything so at present i have stopped in the last 2 weeks or so. I dont want to fix this with pills i want to find out exactly what is wrong with me.
I can handle having IBS but i cant understand why in the last 8 weeks my symptoms went from 3/10 to a solid 8/10 on the pain/discomfort scale overnight.
If anybody has any questions to help me figure this out please go ahead.
I am going back to the Doctor in 2 days so i want too take any suggestions onboard as to what i should do because after my last ultrasound i dont know which direction to go in now.
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