Hi, I am new to this forum and need help. I have had IBS symptoms for years with diarrhoea (not sure if I spelled that correctly) but the symptoms only occur about 3 times a year. These spasmodic bouts are crippling and usually last only about a week to two at a time. The rest of the year I suffer with gas and loose stools. I am English but now live in Ibiza and although I learned a little Spanish - the doctors speak Catalan! they have very little idea what I am saying and I have no idea what they are saying to me! How can I get a diagnosis? My Enlgish GP told me years ago that it might be IBS but Is it likely to be IBS if I dont suffer from it that much? After looking at the Rome Criteria it appears that I should have symptoms at least 3 times in a 6 month period which is not the case. If not IBS what could it be? Please help as I am in the middle of a bout right now and it is awful.
To give you a better idea of me I am 48 years old, possibly pre-menopausal (again this comes in bouts) have achy muscles/joints most of the time, suffer from headaches regularly and mild migraines occasionally. I eat 3 meals per day including cereal for breakfast, usually a sandwich for lunch and then dinner consists of either pasta, chicken, salad etc. Nothing out of the ordinary, I work full time during the summer months as a cleaning manager then take 6 months off during the winter. I dont exercise as I work hard in summer but walk quite a lot in winter.
I currently take 500mg Glucosamine powder daily for arthritis
500mg Calcium daily for osteoarthritis
Paracetamol for headaches usually about 8 per week
Naramig (my wonde drug!) for migraines about once per week/fortnight