Could this be IBS?

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Hi there!  Was wondering if I could get some opinions on here.  I apologize for the disgusting details but I'd love some help.  For the last four months I've been having some very strange gastrointestinal issues.  I say strange because I've never suffered from stomach issues.  It started a few months ago, I was very stressed on a work related project and I spent probably two days at my office going to the toilet every hour.  I had terrible diarrhea.  Sometimes a lot, sometimes barely nothing, but always an urge and I passed a lot of gas.  I thought it was a virus, but then it happened again about a month later.  In between and through to today, I've continued having that same terrible gas that gives you sudden horrid stomach cramps about once per day and makes you run to the bathroom although I don't always end up pooing, and I've been belching terribly (what I'm experiencing cannot be called merely burping).  I've always pooed a couple of times per day and I understood that was normal, but lately there are days when each time I go to the bathroom I pass gas and I've been pooping 5-6 times in a day.  The belching is also quite bothersome.  I don't only burp after meals.  There are days when I belch quite a bit all throughout the day.  Also, what I find odd is that when I awake and get up from bed, I always release several burps.  I keep the burps in when I'm out and about but I have to tell you it's a relief to burp out loud when I'm at home.  I thought that this alone meant that I had acid reflux - the burps are acidy sometimes and when I have my mouth closed for them, it's simply worse.  I'm 40, fit, active and of normal weight.  Don't smoke and I rarely drink.  I've tried altering my diet to see if that would help but it hasn't.  This is embarassing!  Help! 

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    Sounds like acidic stomach brought on by stress which causes the intestines to spasm I have ibs and i dont get headaches and am rarely constipated but i have acid reflux and though i never stress outwardly if i get upset  or as i did a few weeks ago, lost my passport indoors ,my stomach goes acidy and i have to rush to the loo. just a journey to the airport can start this off. The gas is probably part of this as you cant belch in work or public it has to release and your bowels are the  only other outlet.
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      Thanks.  I guess this is something new I have to get used to.  My job is fast-paced and high-stress and I've been doing this for about 15 years.  I do think this is related to stress, I believe even the burping is due to the stress because I burp MUCH more when I'm in the middle of a deadline.   I'm currently on a deadline, working weekends, etc.  I'm going to see how things are in a couple of weeks and if not better I'm going to a doctor.

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    keep in touch and let me know how its going.Im not to bad at moment as im retired so dont stress too often.You could try peppermint tea or kalms which are both herbal.
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    Strongly suggest a referral to a Gastroenterologist to rule out any disorders. Coeliac Disease or may require a low FODMAP diet, or IBS, It is better to have  investigations. Demand a referral from your local doctor, you do need to have this sorted.
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