I've been dealing with digestive/stomach issues for the last 10 years of my young life (only 26).
Today, I was just reading through a lot of posts, one in particular from last September as I find it comforting to just confirm I'm not the only one with these terrible symptoms other people are having and seemingly having no diagnoses for.
But I noticed reading on this site, other sites, all over, a common recurring theme for a lot of us, not all of us, but a lot is stress, anxiety and or depression. A lot of times it's a nice cocktail of all three. Does anyone else find it kind of funny and start to really connect the dots once your mind is clear and you can get away from the fear? So many of us struggle with anxiety, depression or bouts of stress and then we're like "gee, I don't know where this terrible, burning, gut wrenching feeling came from all of the sudden". Nah, you've only been wound tighter than a stretched rubber band for the last several weeks/months/YEARS and there's no physical consequence to that, right? My body isn't gonna try and signal me and alert
me to slow the hell down and take some breaths to myself.
Of course, there are exceptions to this and a lot of time's the exceptions are the people who actually end up with a diagnosis and seem to be more affected simply by diet rather than the mental issues we choose to either mask with medication or stuff down with alcohol. It's hard fighting a phantom illness.
Another astounding thing I've noticed is most of the folks who have endoscopies, colonoscopies, x rays, ct's, blood tests etc... and end up coming back negative entirely are given meds anyway. What a dysfunctional way to run a healthcare and mental healthcare system.
Just some observations/venting after a day of reading posts and finding solidarity in all of the other people suffering and trying to make it through each day of pain, concern, fear and anguish.
Stay strong my friends.