Hi sunshine,Welcome to HealingWell! It sounds like you may have IBS-A (alternating between C & D). I too have a phobia of vomiting and I also get a lot of nausea. Have you tried ginger yet? The peppermint might be a bit acidic for an upset stomach. I have to commend you though... I would love to be a nurse but I just don't have the stomach for it. How do you do it?
Are you taking any meds to help control your symptoms? How about probiotics? Lots of us have found Dannon Activia yogurt to be super beneficial for bloating and regularity. Many of us also found Digestive Advantage to help with those same symptoms.
Don't worry about complaining on this site - that's what we're here for. We're here to listen and to help each other. After all, most of us don't have people who understand what we're going through. That is why this site is so great... We can gripe all we want and talk poop with people who understand.
Wow, the NICU... that's awesome. I bet it will be super rewarding. I have to admit though, the sadness of innocent baby problems and deaths must be so heartbreaking.
This is the thing with IBS, docs don't know why people get it. Some people with IBS really have a bacterial overgrowth, a parasite, h. pylori, gallbladder problems, etc. The list goes on and on because confusing GI problems can just get lumped in with IBS. Have you read Keri's post about Gall Bladder Disease? A couple of the main symptoms are nausea, pain and bile diarrhea. The D is usually green or yellow and it burns your anus on the way out. You can always ask your doc for an abdominal ultrasound to check for gallstones. Or, you can ask them to be more specific and go for a HidaScan to check the functionality of your gallbladder.