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I'm hoping that someone will help shed some light on my situation. Back in early May, I started feeling crampy and constipated, like I need to use the bathroom but had a hard time getting it out. I thought it was a bad constipation and after about a week the feeling went away. However, at the end of May, the episode started again, bloating, gas and constant urge to go, even though only a little would come out. My stool started going between mush or constipated, back and forth. I went to see a doctor who said it sounded like IBS and referred me to gasto. While waiting for the gasto, I did my own research and was pretty successful at treating my symptoms with peppermint supplements, oregano oil, ACV, and slippery elm. I was pretty much able to control the bloating and gas and the only thing that still remains is the inconsistent stool that still goes back and forth between mushy and undigested to constipated-sometimes in the same day. It also gets aggravated around my period and becomes mushy, which tells me that it is consistent with IBS and hormonal changes. When I finally went to see the gasto he did all possible tests-full blood count, abdominal X-rays, autoimmune panel, celiac, crohns food allergy, stool studies and thyroid as well as inflammation tests. Everything came back normal -no inflammation or infection except for Fecal Fat-my fecal fat was abnormal and suggests that I have some malabsorption-fat in my feces. I know that this has to do with pancreas? I have no ab pain or any other pancreatic symptoms. Could this be EPI instead of IBS or could I have both? I'm worried while I wait for my follow up in early September. Meanwhile my gastro sent me a letter and suggested to eat a low fat diet and said that we would be discussing pancreatic enzymes during the follow-up. I'm otherwise a healthy 39 year old female and already eat a pretty healthy, low fat diet. If you had a similar situation I would appreciate any advice!
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