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Hello. Looking for any advice/help/reassurance really!
I'm 32/male, I was "diagnosed" with IBS back when I was 14ish and just accepted it, didnt really have too many issues barring the odd cramp. Usually when I had issues I'd have some constipation, I'd take a fybogel and it would be fine in a couple of days.
My current problems started approx 8 weeks ago now. I landed pretty hard on my tailbone and took some ibuprofen for a few days. I don't normally take any painkillers - I think they bunged me up. 3-4 days after I had really bad constipation, worse than normal - straining for 20min+ just to get a few..pellets out. I also had some pain urinating which I just put down to an IBS flare up as sometimes this happens. It lasted a bit longer than usual so I decided to cut coffee out as I thought it might be an irritant (coffee is pretty much 90% of the liquid I've consumed in the last 15 years) It turns out my body really does not like coming off the caffeine so that made my constipation even worse. For the next 2 weeks I was doubling up on fyobgel and having high fibre cereal just to get some movement every few days.
Eventually I came to the conclusion the caffeine wasn't causing the issue - it was the sweetners I'd moved over to. I went back onto coffee to try and get things going again (albeit less than before) and it had the desired effect.
my BM's seemed to settle down but ever since my straining episode I've had a discomfort lower left abdomen. persistent, 24/7 same place. The pain seems to be from where the bowel turns into the middle across my pelvic area to my belly button (2-3" below) - it doesn't wake me up, it doesn't really get any worse (sometimes feels a little better after a BM but not for long) its just...there!
So here I am 7-8 weeks after the straining incident and I still have this discomfort, I can't really call it a pain its more of a ..general awareness/discomfort. the pain is probably a 2/10 when walking about and a 3-4 at the most when sat down (but I do feel its a bit tender) I went to the doctors who prescribed some mebeverine and presumed it was just IBS. they did absolutely nothing. I started taking some tumeric pills, they don't seem to do a great deal. I've stopped the mebeverine and tried buscopan and some peppermint pills - nothing really seems to work. The doctor took some bloods and a urine test. both of these came back fine and apparently I didn't need any further investigation.
I'm not convinced its IBS - infact I've spent the last 2 months going mad with health anxiety googling alsorts convincing myself its bowel cancer. I've never seen any blood in my stool, my blood test was fine so I guess I'm not anemic. My stools are fairly normal - brown/sausage shaped and of a decent size. Constipation isnt so bad going 1-2 times a day now and the only time its been on the soft side was once after drinking apple juice and once after panicking sat in doctors. I'm generally awake 18hrs a day and don't feel exactly "ill" in myself so nothing really adds up to cancer but this discomfort is really getting me down and all the stress/anxiety im going through may well be making it worse.
I went back to doctors last week saying this really isnt improving and he shrugged, said I could try some paracetamol and would refer me for "a camera up the bum" because my grand dad died of bowel cancer (even though he was in his 70s) but cancer was unlikely because im 32 and don't have any red flag symptons
I don't suppose anyone has any insight? I was tested for celiac 8 years ago and that was negative (I guess that could change?) when I sit down it feels a bit inflamed at times and sometimes seems to go down to my inner thigh/groin area. I've read all the IBS discussions and I don't really fit any of them as my stools are solid. I've got an appointment for a specialist (which is absolutely terrifying when you already think you have cancer) but thats not going to be for 6-7 weeks at its only been marked as routine. I'm going out my bloody mind with worry, I don't know if I can cope another 2 months! Trying to research going private in the UK but I'd have to pay for everything and it seems a right minefield but my head is a complete mess at the moment with stress.
One last thing that crossed my mind was there is a low level diverticular disease? Where you can have chronic pain/low level inflammation and that seems to come from being constipated/low fibre? that seems to be the closest thing I can think of that would fit my issues - the doctor shrugged and suggested high fibre and paracetamol though!
Thanks - if anyone made it!
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