Is this IBS?

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chubbybear1 Fri 19-Jun-20 15:00:25

Hi all, so I'll lay out my stall 😊
I'm 40, have copper coil fitted for last 4 years, am over 3 weeks late for my period.
Negative pregnancy tests, many!!
Severely bloated morning through to night, look 6 months pregnant.
Back pain
Slight constipation
Slight grumbling in pelvic area
No appetite
Full blood count done and all results perfect.
I have never had any problems with my bowels and indeed I don't currently apart from slight constipation at the minute but I am hardly eating, I don't suffer from pain in my stomach, but apparently my symptoms are being ascribed to IBS, does anyone with experience of this condition think this sounds correct please? Thank you

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DawnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Jun-20 15:39:40

We're moving this thread over to our General Health topic at the OP's request. Hopefully some Mumsnetters will be along soon with some advice and suggestions. flowers

DawnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Jun-20 16:20:06

...And giving the thread a bump, for luck.

chubbybear1 Fri 19-Jun-20 16:28:18

Thanks Dawn smile

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pickingdaisies Fri 19-Jun-20 16:32:10

So what advice did you receive? Exclusion diet to work out what you are intolerant to? I mean, your symptoms do fit, but seem pretty severe so I hesitate to offer advice.

chubbybear1 Fri 19-Jun-20 16:36:38

No advice really, given some medication beginning with M, sorry can't remember name, which are making no difference. The thing I'm struggling with is I have no bowel issues or bowel pain so I'm wondering why they are so fixated on IBS

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keepingbees Fri 19-Jun-20 16:48:19

Most of the symptoms could be caused by constipation so I would try a mild laxative and see if it helps the bloating and grumbling. A food intolerance could also cause the bloating. IBS is just unfortunately the fob off term used for most digestive issues they can't be bothered to find the cause of so I would take little notice of it. If it was Mebeverine (commonly given for IBS) you were given it can make constipation worse and won't help if you don't have any cramp type symptoms. Peppermint tea or capsules might be worth a try.
Late period could be due to routine changes of lockdown, sounds weird but is apparently a thing. Or it could be a hormone issue or peri menopause?


Atinytrolley Fri 19-Jun-20 19:13:56

Agree IBS seems to be diagnosed when it's something like an intolerance, ime anyway. Lactose intolerance can cause this kind of bloating but also usually diarrhea and stomach cramps. Don't want to alarm you, but has ovarian cancer been ruled out?

chubbybear1 Fri 19-Jun-20 19:58:32

Atinytrolly, they included the test for ovarian cancer in my bloods and nothing showed up, I just don't feel it's a bowel problem as I don't have any issues with my bowels, I had normal bowel movements today and yesterday and can't remember the last time I had diarrhoea, no cramps etc either 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Atinytrolley Fri 19-Jun-20 21:19:30

Glad that's been ruled out. I'd push for further investigations into the symptoms tbh, scans etc. You can point out the medication hasn't helped. Have you seen a specialist or just GP. If GP I'd ask for a referral to a consultant.

Atinytrolley Fri 19-Jun-20 21:26:23

Meant to add, if you've no bowel symptoms it doesn't sound like IBS to me. But, I'm not medically trained or anything. I had a lot of symptoms and went through the process of loads of tests. Eventuality discoverd it was lactose intolerance.
You can look up some good info on IBS online to find out more about it and compare to what you're experiencing.

chubbybear1 Fri 19-Jun-20 22:16:36

Thanks for replies, I've got a follow up appointment on Wednesday so will see what happens then, am currently having right sided pain in pelvic area, came on a couple of hours ago

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pickingdaisies Tue 23-Jun-20 08:44:32

How's it going @chubbybear1?

chubbybear1 Tue 23-Jun-20 08:48:55

Still extremely bloated, now causing breathlessness and back pain, struggling to eat, the past few days I've had a bit of toast all day and that's it. I have had a private vaginal ultrasound which shows everything fine from a gyne point of view. I'm speaking to doc again tomorrow so see where we go from here. Thanks for checking in 😊

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pickingdaisies Wed 24-Jun-20 08:23:21

Hope you get some answers, sending positive thoughts today flowers

EmergencyPractitioner Wed 24-Jun-20 15:28:48

Sounds like you need a scan of the whole of your abdomen

EmergencyPractitioner Wed 24-Jun-20 15:29:22

What's happened to your weight?

Missillusioned Wed 24-Jun-20 15:50:50

Sounds like an ovarian cyst to me. I don't know if the scan you had would have picked that up?

chubbybear1 Wed 24-Jun-20 19:10:05

I'm losing weight apart from on my stomach which is just getting larger. spoke to doctor today and she has referred my for abdominal ultrasound, just hope it comes through quickly! Thanks all for replying

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Squiffy01 Wed 24-Jun-20 19:18:02

Hope your ultrasound comes through quickly.
I would be asking for an endoscopy and colonoscopy as well to make sure nothing more serious is going on.

EmergencyPractitioner Thu 25-Jun-20 09:43:10

Very concerning. I hope you are on a urgent list for the scan - perhaps phone the hospital and see if they have any cancellations. . Have you had liver tests?

chubbybear1 Thu 25-Jun-20 10:11:59

No liver tests as far as I know, she did say scan should be within a fortnight. I have had heart problems in the past so maybe connected?

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pickingdaisies Thu 25-Jun-20 15:31:26

Glad they are taking this seriously OP, I hope you don't have to wait too long

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