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In Jan of 17, got burning pain under both ribs. Dr diagnosed GERD. Two months later, same issue, plus, started noticing change in stool color. Went to gastro dr, in a panic. Did bloodwork, stool test, and abdominal ultrasound
. Everything came back good.
Fast forward 14 months. Out to dinner one night, burning pain back. For a week or so, able to have bowel movements, but not much coming out. Side note- I take a fiber supplement each day and eat fruits and veggies.
Now, i start obsessing over stool again. Talk to a friend who is a dr, who tells me to relax. I start taking pics of every bowel movement. Some are very normal in size, some flat or ribbon like, some short(2-4 inches long), some thin. Color all over the map. Brown, light brown, tannish. Some soft and mushy, some normal. Some even look colon shaped. Abdominal pain rarely present- a twinge in diff places here and there. Pain under ribs comes and goes. At no point is the pain overwhelming.
Back to dr. Tells me "indigestion happens." 2 months pass, where i am obsessing over all of this. More bloodwork done. Came back good. Since dr appt, I have lost 10 lbs. One dr tells me it's probably the stress I am putting myself through. Friend who is dr says same. This has also turned into a social anxiety issue, because I don't like staying out of my house for long periods of time. All I keep doing is believing I have cancer, either in colon, liver, or pancreas. Docs look at me like I am crazy. Now, ever since last gastro doc appt, I had 4 straight days of lower abdomen pain while defacating, with small super soft stools. This morning, short, thin, but well formed, and not super soft.
NOTE- I am 49 yrs old, amd have had stomach issues since I was a kid, but never diagnosed with anything. But at the end of my rope, driving all around me crazy, self included. Made psych appt as well.
And insight would be appreciated, and I will answer any questions as honestly as possible. Could this be IBS?
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