I am 21 years old - I feel that is a good place to start as most people with similar problems seem to be older. I will give a little background info and explain the more pressing issue. I need help all around with this one, I get so much conflicting advice.
For the past 2 years I have had particularly unpredictable bowel movements, I have memories of this from my childhood too, but it has become more of a problem in recent years.
I went to the doctor because it was becoming embarrassing, I was often having to rush to the toilet, feeling bloated from constipation or ******g frequently and unexpectedly. It was effecting my day to day life, making work, partying and sex problematic; life became a fear of embarrassment not something to enjoy. The doctor gave me a fibre supplement to try taking for a month and asked me to write down everything I ate and any unusual bowel movements, saying I probably had IBS. With end of term stress and now working I didn't make it back to her, but do plan to at some point soon. No particular foods seemed to make a massive impact except alcohol and oats with fruit which I like to have for breakfast: both send me running for the toilet in a childlike state. The fibre supplement seemed to reduce wind but made defecation too frequent.
I am no longer on the fibre supplement and still have similar problems though symptoms change from day to day, it is liveable and I do not want to waste anyone's time. This week I have noticed something more worrying, I feel like I constantly need to go to the toilet, like there is something in my rectum, a bit like I am straining my rectal muscles to go to the toilet, though I am just sat relaxing. I am passing food as normal. While having sex I felt it too - which was very uncomfortable. I do seem to have a lump in my anus about the size of half a grape, it is not sore just feels uncomfortable and is disconcerting. I am not even sure if it is normally there (it is not somewhere I have a great knowledge of!). I do not know what my best course of action is!
Is this feeling abnormal, do I need to have it checked?
What could it be? Is it likely to get worse? I am due to go camping at a festival this weekend and it is hard enough with the toilet problems I have!
Would it be worth seeing a nutritionist to help me regain health?
Sorry this is so long.