I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this too. Your story sounds a lot like mine and I am sure many others too.
Like you, I got really sick, probably viral and lost a lot of weight really fast like 10 pounds in a week. My stomach never recooperated. The doctors put me in the hospital 4 different times and that doesn't count the ER visits and all the doctor visits. After all the tests were pretty much negative - they said I had post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome. That was four years ago. I use to have diarrhea multiple times a day everyday, but now mine is more constipation and I have always had the pain and bloating, but with spasms that suddenly out of nowhere, bring on diarrhea. I am in some pain everyday and sometimes it is really, really bad. I forgot, they did take out my gallbladder early on thinking that it may be that and after the surgery I wasn't any better. The pain you are talking about
to where it is so sharp that you can't move, I completely understand. I had it so bad one time my husband called the ambulance to come and get me I litterally couldn't move - it hurt to breathe and I thought I was going to die. Once again, all my tests were negative pretty much. Shortly after that, they referred me to a very large hospital where they train doctors and such and I was diagnosed with the IBS.
The spasms can be really painful and I don't know if you have anything to take for them, but my doctors gave me levisyn ( or bentyl ) and they do help some. I have the kind that melts in your mouth, so you don't have to have something to drink on you all the time to take it. I also have to take pain medicines to help me, but not everybody does. I take an antidepressant for depression and for the pain.
My doctors told me that as far as getting better, that sometimes it only lasts a very short time like weeks to months to get better and other times it may not ever go away completely. Maybe yours will or at least get better.
Certain foods do make mine worse, like red sauces, pizza, etc... and onions or spicy foods. I am sure to get sick everytime I eat those things. Finding out what foods bother you is a big help, because then you can avoid them like the plaque. Stress makes mine worse and so does loosing sleep.
One of the biggest things that helped me in the beginning especially was finding a good doctor who is sympathetic and really wants to help you and knows and understands how bad you really feel. I went through several doctors before I found the ones I liked and trusted.
Lots of people on here have lots of good advice. I suggest you try some of the things they suggest and see what works best for you. Just know that you are not alone and you can bring your thoughts and concerns to this site and the people here can sympathize with you and help you to feel better emotionally. At least they have helped me a lot - I wish I had of found this site a lot sooner, but I had been sick for 3 years or so before I looked for anything online like this.
I wish you the best of luck and I hope you feel better soon. Just try to remember that everyday will not be an awful day, you will have good days too.
I hope you have a good Easter holdiay.
IBS, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Migraines, GERD: Cymbalta, Fentanyl Patch, Oxycodone, Amitiza, Xanax, Phenergan, Levisyn: Hysterectomy, Lap-Choley.