Do I have IBS?
This is the first time for me to post here. I am 48 years old and have had a problem with bloating from time to time. I don't really have constipation, but more of a loose stool and cramping. This episode started with severe bloating, but it was up high in the upper abdomen. Then a low backache for a couple of days. I wasn't sure if I had strained it or what. Now I have the loose stools and cramping (continually). It does let up after I have a bowel movement, but its pretty much cramping 24/7 for two days. Does this sound like IBS? I don't have any fever, blood, or pain. Mine is more of a cramp. It feels like my colon is spasming or something. Is there something over the counter I can take? IBS does run in my family. I haven't talked to my doctor before because it has always been mild and gone away in a few hours, but this is lasting longer. I dread all the tests that come with the this. Please advise. I need something to calm my colon down. Does Alieve help? Thanks