I just found this board and think it is great!! I am a 20-year-old female, who has been recently diagnosed with IBS. I had been experiencing stomach troubles for over a year, and as they got increasingly worse I finally went to see a doctor about them. At first it was thought I had and ulcer (the doctor I saw at school did not send me for the scope or Barium test) and was put on Pantoloc for a month. It seemed to have helped in the beginning but after a while I was back to the same old problems.
My family doctor diagnosed IBS based on my symptoms (he also did no tests to rule out other illnesses). After much personal research (and not much guidance or help from the three doctors I have seen so far), my symptoms do sound much like IBS with constipation:
Nausea/sore tummy after almost every meal (and sometimes in the middle of night or upon waking), and not triggered by any particular foods as I have kept a food journal and noticed no particular culprits. It also seems to be relieved by burping/flatulence (as gross as that may sound).
Bloating after eating
General abdominal discomfort Almost a soreness in the intestinal area after eating or a BM.
General Malaise Feeling yucky, run down and tired.
Avoiding food Would rather not eat than have to feel sick.
Weight Loss Most likely because I have been avoiding food.
Abnormal BMs I may go every day for three days and then not again for four. Very irregular schedule, and I may sit there for upwards of 15 minutes, even though I felt the urge to go. Also, occasionally what looks like mucous in the stool.
There are however, there are symptoms that I have not seen mentioned. Namely:
Feeling sick/nauseous after a BM, from what I understand most people feel better after a BM.
I have been so worried/scared about all of this. It helps to see that there are others who feel the way I do. I also developed panic attacks around the same time as the IBS symptoms, and think I may suffer from general anxiety disorder and/or social anxiety disorder (I am awaiting a diagnosis from my doctor as the panic attacks have also gotten increasingly worse). I am definitely surprised to see how many IBS sufferers also suffer from depression/anxiety disorders. The brain/gut connection is much stronger than I thought.
Do these symptoms sound normal for IBS sufferers? And help/advice would be greatly appreciated