Hi. This is my first post here, and I'm just in need of some support. I've had digestive problems for many years now. I was 19 when I started having issues with constipation. Now at 26, it seems it will be a chronic issue with no relief. I used to think that it couldn't get worse than that. Boy, was I wrong. I also suffer from GERD and have for about 6 years now. About two years ago I really started having increased stomach problems. Loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss. Doc's ran tests, said it was IBS. But a year ago I developed the worst symptom of all...BLOATING. I've always had issues with gas, but I was able to relieve them before. Now, no matter what I eat I blow up like a balloon and the gas stays trapped for days. The bloating came on slowly, but now I am bloated pretty much every day. I went to see a gastrologist a couple of months ago, and told him about it, and how for about a year my appetite has decreased to nothing. Had my first colonscopy/endoscopy and it was normal (of course). Blood work was fine. He says it is IBS. I read that IBS can do this to you, the bloating and all, but it just seems too much for me. I have myself convinced something else must be wrong. I am going to my gyno in two weeks because I feel like I need to rule out the possibility of ovarian cancer or something of the likes. I know it may sound silly. I am super young and have no history of cancer in my family, but I know continual bloating can be a symptom of that as well. I guess I am just searching for anything that makes sense. And IBS just doesn't make sense to me.
I'm just starting to lose faith...my mind...everything. I cry all the time anymore. I am getting married in 2 months, and I fear I will be bloated on my big day, as well as on my honeymoon to the bahamas. This should be the happiest time of my life, but I find myself dreading my wedding day for this reason. I eat healthy and workout all the time. I'm very petite and have a flat stomach (sometimes when I wake up I am reminded that I actually have abs). But as soon as I eat, I look pregnant. I have never actually measured how distended I get, but it's significant. I've tried every OTC pill for IBS. My newest trial is digesticol hoping that maybe it's an issue with digestion. So far, no luck. I keep a food journal. Fiber bloates me to no end, but if I don't eat it I am even more constipated. It's effecting my quality of life. At 26 I should be out enjoying my youth, but I stay in most of the time due to embarassment and discomfort. I know there are worst diseases out there, but at this moment this seems pretty bad. I feel like I can't live the rest of my life like this. My fiancee is wonderful, but he just doesn't understand. No one does. They all just think i'm over exaggerating some minor issue.
I realize I am rambling now. And it's not fair as you all reading this suffer as well. I'm not trying to throw a pity party, but some days I just feel like I don't want to go on anymore. Sometimes it just feels good to get it all out, and to know I am not alone..