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Maybe someone has a clue. I have experience bloating on and off for many years. In 1996 I was told I more than likely had IBS. The doctor put me on Xanax because he said it would help with the colon spasms. I went to the bathroom 18 times that day. I have had severe anxiety issues on and off since 1987. I've had numerous colonoscopies, one just recently. This one even included the small intestine. I've had a recent endoscopy including the stomach. I've also had the breath test. All tests were negative. I've also had MRI, and ultra sounds. Now my doctor is telling me that it may be bacteria related. He wants to put me on some sort of antibiotic regimen. I've tried that once already. With this new bout I have an additional symptom. I feel pressure against my esophagus and a slight irritation that comes and goes. This causes a minor cough which is by no means constant. Nothing comes up in my throat as you might see in heart burn or indigestion. I seem to go back and forth with either bouts of diarrhea or constipation. Sometimes it feels like there is an inner tube just below my rib cage. At other times it feels like it is around my chest region. Other times neither. There is also serious bouts with gas. I also experience wandering pain around my abdominal area. It never stays in one place and it is never constant. During the worst of times I experience cold like symptoms. Joint pain, mussel ache and so on. Tiredness too. I do not get headaches and I never get nauseous. All this plays with my anxiety big time. I never know if the issue is anxiety or if the anxiety is caused by the abdominal distress. Is this type of thing familiar to anyone out there. Thanks.
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