Concerned I may have IBS
After reading the post on this website I really hope I don't have IBS, because it sounds awful.
Anyway, I just got back from a Anniversary trip to Vegas the entire time I was there suffered from a bloated feeling (like my lower stomach was full of air and going to explode) feeling like I needed to pass gas or defecate, but wasn't able to, a crampy feeling usually associated with diarrehea, but never had any.
After seeing the "IBS with constipation" commercials tons of times I have been becoming more and more concerned that I may have this syndrome. Today I had major cramping and did have a little diarrhea. I'm hoping I just have some kind of stomach bug.
Anyway, I do have some regular symptoms of feeling sick after eating certain foods (mainly fatty fastfoods and large quantities of sugary substances) all things that I was able to eat in the past with no problems. I also will have a bm and still feel like I have to go for up to an hour later, before the feeling resides. I have had some mucuousy looking stuff on occasion, which I read was a symptom, but it was described as white on a website I read and not to be gross, but mine was more of a rootbeer color.
I have always had irregular bm usually 4 times a week or so. Lately it seems like sometimes I'll go several times a day and then I won't go for a couple days.
I'm sure you're all thoroughly grossed out after reading this, but I'm pretty concerned at this point. I know that IBS seems to be brought on by stress and I suffer from anxiety (which I do take meds for), but it seems like this thing might go hand and hand.
I would appreciate any advice from people who have been diagnosed with IBS and let me know if these symptoms sound similar to IBS symptoms.