I have bizarre symptoms and an unusual living situation that may be contributing. Please excuse the gross details of this post.
I am 19 and female. I'm studying this semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina (hence the message boards in lieu of going to see my doctor). About a month or so ago I experienced about three or four days of intense, persistent indigestion accompanied by diarrhea (not liquid, just not solid). It happened just after my period ended. I'm having the same symptoms now, just before my period is due. Taking OTC stomach medication (Pepto-Bismol) has not helped, but normally when I have a bout of digestive discomfort it does.
Could it be because of the foreign diet (Argentinean food is a lot of fried meat and it's a struggle to get enough fresh vegetables)?
Could it be hormonal?
Does anyone with IBS have symptoms like these??
I'm at a loss (and also extremely annoyed).
Thanks for your help!