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Hi, totally new here. I'm so sorry if this out of line, or if I'm not supposed to be posting. I've just really hit my limit and I'm at a loss. Ever since I was young I had issues with chronic constipation. It wasn't a big deal growing up. However, once I hit high school in 2012, I started to have horrible bouts of diarrhea. Immediately after eating a "trigger" food, which could range from anything from pizza to broccoli, I would be hit with intense abdominal cramps that wouldn't stop unless I passed the most horrifying diarrhea. It's always bright yellow and fatty, and my cramps would stop right after I finished flushing the food from my system. It was as if whatever I had eaten hadn't digested at all.
This continued for a little while. Eventually, in my senior year in 2015, I hit another block. I was so constipated, I didn't pass a bowel movement for about three weeks. I thought I was going to die. My doctor just told me to drink milk of magnesia (which did nothing) and put benefiber into everything I consumed. Finally my mom hounded her enough to send me to a gastroenterologist. I thought we were finally getting somewhere, but the minute I met the doctor I knew I had hit another dead end. She took one look at my mother (who is on the overweight side) and told me I needed to eat better. I begged her to listen to me, but she said that all teenagers had the same issues as me because teenagers have bad diets. She wouldn't even schedule me a return appointment or do any blood tests.
Anyway, my symptoms are still continuing. I recently got diagnosed with Lupus in February. This has been hell on my body, and it seems to be making my stomach issues worse. I've been passing yellow stools and stools with white/yellowish chunks in it. I'm constipated all the time, and nearly everytime I go to the bathroom, I get these painful fissures that bleed. EVERYTHING I eat causes my gas and bloating. I always carry around gas-x where I go. I'm really at my wits end.
I always thought I might have IBS, but I'm starting to get scared that my symptoms could be something worse. I'm 20 years old now, and I've been having these issues for about 8 years. I'm an adult and I want to be taken seriously now! I try my best to eat well. I don't eat tons of red meats or soda or dairy. Does anyone have any idea what my symptoms might be aligned with? How do I get my doctor to get her head out of her ass and actually listen to me?
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