Yes, I was diagnosed with IBS some 18 years ago and after a period of time it went away. It was so long ago that I don't remember the details, but I do know that it has come and gone. I haven't had any problems resembling IBS for over three years. It was three years ago that I started on plaquenil, and the side effects for the first three months or so reminded me of IBS, although they were only side effects of the drug. It's late and I'm half out of it so I may not be making much sense.
Is it possible that what you're experiencing is the lupus attacking your intestines and bowels? You are so smart to be journaling for your rheumy's appointment. It will help the doctor so much in his or her attempt to reach a diagnosis.
Let's just hope your IBS follows the same path mine did and goes away.
Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren's, osteoarthritis, fibro, ibs, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision.
cellcept 1,000mg, neurontin 1,200 mg, prednisone 5mg, plaquenil 400mg, synthroid .15mg, triamterene 37.5mg, tramadol prn, lunesta 6 mg, actonel, tri-est (compounded estrogen) 7.5 mg 2xmultivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin