the docs are still looking but say it could be ibs. any other ideas?
shawn12 is right, of course, in saying that only a doctor can diagnose you.
You were asking for other ideas, so here's a suggestion. You can
find out whether or not you have food intolerances by process of dietary elimination. One of the most common food sensitivities among people diagnosed with IBS is gluten intolerance.
You could try eliminating gluten from your diet for two weeks. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and so obviously wheat breads, pizzas and pastas, beer, etc are out. You also have to read labels....for example, soy sauce contains wheat gluten unless you buy one that says wheat free or gluten free.
The nice thing about
the gluten free diet is that you don't need a doctor's prescript
ion to try it, and it's absolutely harmless....there's nothing "essential" about
gluten so you don't need to worry about
health repercussions from eliminating it.
If you do go gluten free for two weeks and you find that your symptoms improve, go back on gluten and see if you feel worse....if so, you are gluten intolerant.
If you decide that you want to try it, here's a great primer on going gluten free:glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/01/morning-after-diagnosis-that-is.html
If eliminating gluten doesn't seem to make a difference, some other food intolerances to consider include casein (a protein in dairy products), corn, the nightshade family (includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant), fructose, and eggs.
Please note: if you do try the gluten free diet and it works for you, you either have celiac disease or are non-celiac gluten intolerant (NCGI). NCGI is much more common than celiac disease, but only a doctor can actually diagnose you with one or the other. If you want a formal diagnosis, you will have to eat lots
of gluten before you are tested for celiac disease or you risk false negatives in the blood test or intestinal biopsy (there are lots of false negatives anyway).
Good luck to you! Please keep us posted!