All I ever got from the doctors was that it was IBS and then shortly after the start, I developed severe heartburn every night when in bed. They put me on the usual tablets for the heartburn and continually stated that if the tablets didn't work, they'd send me for tests.
After 6 years of not shifting the heartburn, I changed doctors surgeries and after one visit, was sent for the camera down my throat. That showed a hiatus hernia and I had surgery on that. It was following that surgery that I quit smoking and from that day on, all the other symptons started.
I had several visits to A&E at 2 separate hospitals and was told by both hospitals that I was suffering with post op symptoms and I was wasting their time.
Eventually I was admitted into hospital where they did 2 tests of my lower abdom instead of upper which showed the UC, by that time the IV steroids didn't work so they had no choice but the emergency surgeries.
Don't worry, my medical negligence claim is being reviewed by the solictors as we speak. Just waiting for them to make a decision, however I won't hold my breath on a positive result.