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Just a little information about me first to place it all in context: I am a seventeen year old female, very tall and skinny, have been all my life. I'm a student, and previously to this I have had no serious health complications. About three years ago I caught shingles, and within the last few months I suffered a very severe case of cystitis.
For the past two years I have been suffering from all sorts of abdominal pain and discomfort. I have seen three different doctors who seem to be in agreement that I am suffering from IBS. However, my mum, uncle and some friends also have IBS and our symptoms do not match up. Mine include:
Dual bowel movement- I will go to the toilet, feel constipated, and then a few minutes later have very loose stools
Near-constant burping; very abnormal- after I eat, when I haven't eaten in hours eg as soon as I wake up, in my throat and my chest, hundreds and hundreds a day, when I eat, often it is so bad I feel like I am going to be sick
Constant abdominal discomfort and pain, it never goes away.
Fatigue, no energy at all
Paleness, sickly-looking all the time
This morning I woke up and my mum remarked on how yellow I look.
Constant feeling of malaise
Swellings in my sides and abdomen which are often extremely tender/sharp to the touch
I have excruciating periods, when I am having a painful day I honestly cannot do anything else but try not to faint. It is awful
Every single day I feel sick and in pain all around my abdomen, I get heart palpitations and tinnitus often as well. There is no let-up to the pain. It is constant.
The whole thing just keeps getting worse and worse. I've been prescribed some Colofac tablets and peppermint tablets along with a diet called FODMAP to try, but honestly, my stomach problems are not worsened or alleviated by food, the trigger is entirely random. I have tried to go gluten-lacto-free but it didn't change my symptoms. I am convinced that something is wrong, more than IBS. I just feel like my doctors are palming me off and not taking me seriously. I am kept up at night with these awful sensations and pains. Does anyone have any advice at all?):
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