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have you had an ultrasound done or CT scan of the abdomen?
No not yet
I went to my GP last week and she gave me an examination and said it felt like IBS but to come back in a couple of weeks, at which time she might send me for a colonoscopy or something similar.
This is the first time I have used this service. I'm assuming you're coming back to me with more than your original question.
Well, it is certainly possible that you are having symptoms of IBS. But, in your age group, before I assume that this is the case, I would want to have a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis or at least an ultrasound to make sure that this is not something else. Renal cancer, in particular, can appear as vague flank, back or abdominal pain and is often not caught until too late.
That being said, here is some information about an IBS diet for you. If your symptoms dramatically disappear after the diet, then I wouldn't be too concerned, but if not, you need to be followed up:
more is good for constipation. As well, drink plenty of fluids.
You can get nocturnal pains with IBS and you may be noticing it more because you are resting and not occupied. But just get checked out- that is the wisest course of action.