Reading lots of stories, and it's good to know about success / cautionary tales. I am only 35 and at 6' 4", 225, I am relatively healthy. I ride my bike every other day, and am doing a 22-mile tour next month. I am getting ready to propose to my sweeheart of 18 years.
Since September of 2006, virtually overnight, I've developed nearly constant gas. At first it was so bad, I couldn't breathe and it freaked me out. I was under a lot of stress at the time, and it was torture. I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy and all that was found were tiny erosions on the small intestine. Was given Prilosec, which seemed to help a little, and started taking probiotics, iFlora, anything to alleviate the feelings of gas.
I was tested for H pylori and food allergies, but those were okay. I changed my diet, but no matter what I ate, the gas would take hold, with little direct success in treating. Had my heart checked out -- fine. Had my lungs checked out -- fine. Eventually, I was less stressed (think a two-hour commute) and things got a little better when I tried to eat healthier, more fiber, etc., did more walking/bike riding. For quite some time I was gas-free and felt good.
I was told at the end of my first big go-round with this that I have a sensitive digestive system, and to simply watch what I eat. That does not satisfy me, considering that I recently found out my grandfather suffered from peptic ulcers, which had a hand in his demise, including being backed up completely.
Sooooo ... For about 6-8 months now, I have had constipation at least once a month. I get gas plenty again, and right now, I have had a humongous increase in heartburn to the point I can't sleep well, can't get comfortable. When stool is released, it is narrow. My chest burns, and I had one night where I woke up with the sweats. Bloatedness never ends, belching never ends. I have a smaller anal fissure or hemorroid that sometimes bleeds, but has not lately.
What kills me most is food. I eat organic mostly thanks to my future wife, but I'm part Italian from Brooklyn, and I have a penchant for sneaking favorites away from home, and on the side. So I know I have to curb this, and curb it good. But I can't escape the constant belching, can't avoid the constipation once a month. I get very fidgety when trying to sleep, and get a vomity feeling now. I do not want to depend on medicine whatsoever.
Trying to pinpoint a top GI doctor in NY now, which means I wait for an appointment. Meanwhile, today I ate a healthy salad with beans, avocado, and other digestable foods and water, and I still feel like I am going to explode.
Sorry for the long ramble, but are there any folks out there who had these symptoms happen exactly, who struggle with food, and who are now healthy thanks to a solid diet (but one that allows for me to have favorites here and there)?