Hi Shawn. Sorry, had major computer problems & have been out of the loop for a few weeks.
Shawn, no, I haven't got another opinion as I'd like to wait at least another month or 2 just to see if things do indeed settle down.
Since I last saw the GI & he recommended the glycoprep, I have at last had some degree of relief from the terrible bloating I'd been experiencing so I do believe I was sufferering from IBS (tellingly, ever since the glyco, I have degree of watery with firm - at the same time, movements.) Never been loose before so this makes me feel better afterwards also. I also started taking probiotics after the prep.
I am seeing a Dietitian & she has put me on a 40+gram a day fibre diet which has made me extremely windy again but she said it should go within a month.
I put up with being extremely windy back in march, april, may & june before it settled down due to me stopping the metamusil. We'll just have to wait n see.
Since the bloating has settled so too has my reflux which also must be attributed to IBS.
I still have ongoing pain right around my ribcage though. I even get pain near my underarm on the right hand side and it still hurts to bend over sometimes. Perhaps this is still due to wind or gas - I don't know, but it's been like this for 7 months now.
I still have fatigue & am still in bed by 0830 - 0900 at night if I don't get to have a nap during the day.
But for now I am saying to myself that it looks like I do have IBS & to treat it as such and if any other problems arise, I'll go back to see the dr. then.