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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
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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