I am new to this and just wondered if anyone had any tips or advice based on my symptoms. I'm 19 and I have been suffering from what I think is IBS for around 11 months now. I have had several blood tests and stool samples, all of which have come back negative. From research, (and being told by two unhelpful doctors who didnt want to do any tests) I am 90% sure that I have IBS.
I could cope with this if I had flare ups lasting a few days etc, however I have been in pain constantly for the past 11 months. I can't even begin to remember the last time I went to the toilet normally. I love my food, but since my early teens havent been able to finish a full meal. I can feel ravenous and yet will still feel full after a few mouthfuls. I went through a particularly stressful period in my life two years ago (work related) and the stress lasted for just over 1 year. I took a month out to recover, before starting a new job. Everything was great, I loved the new job but then I started getting the IBS symptoms. I don't feel stressed out and yet the problem just seems to persist. I have cut out wheat foods (which has been so hard as all my favourite foods seem to contain wheat) and try to get 20 minutes exercise at least 3 times a week. This week I have started a raw food smoothie diet/detox and have purchased some peppermint capsules.
My biggest problem is combating work and the symptoms. I get the morning rush and am up and down from my desk every 15-20 minutes which is so embarassing! Then I seem to feel OK until I eat. For the past few months I have been having a banana to start the day, followed by some oat cakes, and then a probiotic yoghurt, apple and nectarine for lunch. I generally have a clear out after lunch but then around 2 hours later I get awful stomach pain, bloatedness and flatulence (again causing me to be away from my desk) I am starting to feel really down as I am not sure what else I can do to stop/prevent/help my IBS. I very rarely drink alcohol, do not smoke and avoid all trigger related foods and scenarios where possible.
Any advice/tips/comments would be greatly appreciated as I really do not know what to do! I've had to take today off work because the pain is so bad and I knew I wouldnt be very productive :(. Please help!