I've been suffering from IBS on and off for about 20 years, and it's always been pretty much the same, alternating diarrhea and constipation, a few stitch-like pains here and there, and some crampy pain when going to the toilet.
However, for the last few months all this has changed. I am still getting all of the above, but there is a new kind of pain that is driving me crazy. This is a non-specific achy pain that I can only describe as more ovarian/uterine like (almost like the crampy pain that is felt before a period). This pain moves all over my belly, I might feel it on the left, then it switches to the right, then it's only above my pubic bone, then it's in the middle, and sometimes it's all over, and sometimes it's not there at all. But I feel this pain all day every day on and off, every few minutes.
I've had 2 ultrasounds in the past 12 months to rule out any gynocological problems; I tested for occult blood in my stool and that was negative; I've had two blood counts and tested for celiac disease, all was normal. Doctors told me it's IBS, but they can never give me a 100% guarantee that it's nothing else unless I have a colonoscopy - which is my biggest fear and therefore I won't have it unless I see blood in my stool.
I read somewhere that hormones can affect the bowel and I am now entering peri-menopause and my hormones do fluctuate a lot more. They also say that when a woman is in peri existing conditions can become even more aggravated and this might explain the appearance of this new pain pattern. Also stress is a big contributor and in the last two years I've had very stressful situations plus the loss of two loved members of my family.
So my question is: does anyone out there have this vague and strange kind of pain that is non-specific, moves around the belly, but it's pretty much there most of the time?
I think sometimes I am going crazy. Please help someone