Jim,It sounds like you have overcome one obstacle of IBS (fear of being away from a bathroom) and are now in your struggle to get over another one. Sometimes we think we may smell to others. Most likely you don't. Have you been drinking alot of water. Water will cleanse your system. Maybe that will help with the odors. I haven't had the same experience but as a woman we go through times when we think we smell. It sounds like you have covered most cleaning methods. Do you have someone close to you that you could ask to "smell" you. This will be the best way to find out. It may be embarassing to ask that special someone but at least they will be honest. If they confirm the smell consult your doctor. Hopefully its all in your head. :)
Keep us posted.
It sounds like you are really struggling with the "odor" As far as your bathroom being close to your closet. I guess it is possible for some smells to linger out, but not sure if it would leave a stronger enough odor on your clothes. Buy some febreeze. That doesn't have a strong enough smell to bother people yet it will give your clothes a clean fresh smell. Also keep some on you for your book bag in case you need to use a public restroom or if you feel you need to freshen up.
Your diet can defitnely change your body odor. I really think you need to speak to your doctor about this. Hope you can get this straighten out soon.
Jim, The only thing I can suggest at this time is to make a doctors appt and ask him/her if they smell an odor. If your friend tells you don't smell than its hard to say what else to tell you. I feel terrible that you are going through this and that I don't have more advise. Sorry Please keep me posted.
I agree with the others that it is very important you consult your Dr/GI about your problems and concerns. There can definitely be a link between foul odor/digestive issues. It sounds like you are very conscientous hygiene-wise, so I doubt that is the culprit.
Our diets can definitely make themselves know by the odor our bodies might emit. Too much garlic, your perspiration can smell like garlic, etc. etc. I, myself, have problems when I eat fish. I once found a name for people that eat fish, and then smell 'fishy' afterwards..so the connection between what we eat and odors is recognized by the medical community. If I eat fish..within several hours, my urine and other body secretions may carry that odor. I've never had anyone complain to me, but I myself can certainly pick up on it!! Sooooooo....I avoid fish, even though I love it. (Unless I know I'm going to be spending an abnormally long period of time by myself...then I'll eat as much fish as I want
You may want to try a little experiment while waiting for your drs appt. Keep a food diary of what you usually eat. Exclude one of the possible offenders for a week or two..see if you notice a difference (or if others seem to notice a difference)
When you speak to your Dr, make sure they don't take this matter lightly. It definitely is 'fouling' (sorry for the bad pun) your self-esteem/confidence in public. Make sure your Dr. takes your concerns as seriously as you do. A visit with a dietician may be a source of good information as well.
Good luck..let us know what you find out.