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Firstly i'll apologise as this will probably be quite a long post, and will probably contain alot of graphic detail regarding my bowels 😃
Roughly 10 months ago i developed some mild stomach pain, which was diagnosed as Gastritis. When this didnt clear up after a month on PPI, i was tested for H.Pylori which came back positive, and i was prescribed Amoxicillin, Clarythromycin, and Lansoprazole for a week. At the end of the weeks treatment i developed diarrhea and vomiting, and then again a week later (both times my GP believed it was viral). After developing diarrhea a few weeks later again, i was swaped from Lansoprazole to Ranitidine (600mg daily i think), which i continued to take for the next 4 months, but the diarrhea and abdominal pain continued.
I was also tested for Celiac which came back negative, H.Pylori again which came back negative, and my caprotectin levels were tested, which came back as 50 (normal) and 450 (raised). I then had a colonoscopy, which showed no signs of inflamation/crohns/colitis etc, and some biopsies were taken (i'm still waiting for the results).
For approximately the past 3 months my symptoms have been fairly consistent. I have abdominal pain of varying intensity located centrally and about 1.5inches below my belly button. It tends to feel alot like trapped wind, but sometimes its at a low intensity but can last all day, other times its higher intensity but in waves. In the space of approximately 1 hour i can have a bowel movement which is rather constipated, then normal, then unformed with the consistency of porridge (ill probably never eat that again), then diarrhea. At this point i'll take some lopperamide (so that i can at least half function for the day), then the next 3-4 days ill have no bowel movement, then one that is constipated, then repeat the above.
Aside from this, i'm otherwise healthy. Im 5'10, non-smoker (quit 1 year before all this started), non-drinker. I was 186lbs when this first started (February time) and currently weigh 154lbs. I appreciate i could have done to lose a few lbs originally, but ive lost 32lbs without trying, and my activity levels are less than they were before.
My current medication is Buscopan (when required) and Lopperamide (after diarrhea). I did try Fybogel which for 1.5 weeks after my colonoscopy i thought i'd reached the holy grail as my bowel movements became rather normal, but eventually they returned to the abnormal cycle described above. I've also got some Probiotic capsules (50billion i think) which i've only been taking for a day so far.
I suspect my GP may just say its IBS, but i'll be asking them to look into SIBO as i think that could be related.
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