I have heard the name Irritable Bowel Syndrome brought up during doctor visits, although nothing official was ever diagnosed. Recently I have decided to try to reconstruct things from scratch and see if I can come up with something a little more definitive. I know this won't replace a doctor's visit, but I don't have the money to run through the gamut of tests.
The most prolific symptom is the pain and bloating. These are usually relieved with either burping or gas, although it's only momentary. I can have gas even if I haven't eaten for a day. I don't know if it's in the stomach or intestinal area, but I usually have pain all over, so it's hard to pinpoint. When I was in high school, I remember sometimes suffering for hours during the day because I had such a backlog of gas (I waited until I got home to relieve it). I haven't had much of this problem since then because I am usually alone, although even when I went to college (I take classes online now), I only had classes in 50 minute intervals, so I had time in between. Even now I notice that when I go to social conventions and am unable to relieve myself for hours, I have a buildup of gas.
Despite all of the gas, I usually only have a bowel movement two or three times a week. They usually seem to be pretty fine, but it always seems like there's more in there (I could be mistaken though).
I used to have really bad nausea in high school, so much so that I had trouble eating my lunch. The clouds have lifted since, but during stressful situations I still find the nausea on the brink of coming back. Over the last year or two I have developed an acute cause of indigestion. It usually starts hours after I've eaten, and it can continue for hours. I burp incessently, and stomach acid starts coming back up. Again, it's worse with stress. I have also always had horrible stomach cramps when I exercise too much (and it doesn't take a whole lot).
Throughout most of my life I have had horrible stomach pains when I have digested all of my food. It's hard to describe because it's like no other pain I've felt. I don't even know if pain is the appropriate word. I'd call it emptiness. I only call it pain because it's a horrible feeling.
I also have other issues not releated to my digestive area. I have fatigue. Chest pains (as well as pains nearly everywhere else, including acute pain that could strike at any time). Coldness in extremeties. Tingling sensations. Extreme dryness in scalp and face, but oiliness on hands. Skin seems to be sensitive (not so much in touch but...if I try to screw off a pickle jar let's say, it hurts more than it should). Headaches. Brain fog. Difficulty thinking. I also have been gaining weight, but I'm not sure if that's because I'm not active enough or what (but I have not been able to take that weight off, despite my best intentions). I'm still only about 150 pounds, nothing baggy clothes can't hide, but I have a lot of fat around my stomach and sides, and I also have fat around my thighs, a place I didn't think men usually gained fat in. And yet my arms are as skinny as rails. It's like I'm disproportionate. Everything around my midsection has been gaining weight while the outer limits seem to be untouched. And there has been a whole slew of psychological issues.
I have lived with this since I was a sophomore in high school. I think I was 15, and I'm 22 now. I have had a colonoscopy. I have also had that area X-rayed. It seems to rule out any ulcers or things of a seedier nature, but I don't know what to think anymore. I wish I could just go to a doctor and have this stuff figured out.
Post Edited (Mgoblue201) : 4/26/2007 3:43:00 AM (GMT-6)