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For the last eight months I've been in hell with my stomach problems.
I lurched from fearing I had a hernia, to an infection, to IBS and now it seems that I just have plain old IBS. I suffer from
bloating pain on my right lower side which makes me tummy swell out
feeling full after eating sometimes
abdominal cramping twice a week
flatulance - sometimes
hard pellet stools ocassionally but otherwise go to the toilet everyday, sometimes twice (they've tried to tell me I have constipation but i go everyday)
daily nausea, this can happen an hour to two hours after eating and can sometimes cause me to need to have a bowel movement, as if something hasn't agreed with me perhaps. It's not diarrhea, just a small bowel movement.
I can only really decsribe my ongoing battle as feeling like I'm constantly recovering from a stomach bug with flu you know, that general malaise and feeling very sluggish and sicky.
Tests I've had done and outcomes:
Ultrasound - fine
x ray - showed fecal loading (e.g. stool hardening and loading in the large intestine)
endoscopy - fine
comprehensive stool test which showed a parasite called dientomeoba fragilis.
What strikes me the most is this parasite they found but the doctors dont seem to worried about it yet I've read that it can cause all of my symptoms.
I've seen a dietitian, I tried the nhs diet for ibs which didn't seem to work as I had started feeling better and thought I would just recover, however the sickness followed by a bowel movement is a new thing and is making me think I must be reacting to food but I cannot seem to pinpoint it. I seem to be fine one day with something but then I could be reacting to it the next. No logic.
I know someone will jump in and recommend a FODMAP diet but I just see this as something that appeases what's going on rather than addressing what went wrong. I just want to eat normal food like everyone else for goodness sake.
Lastly, could I have sudden out of nowehere fructose malabsorption? Does anyone suffer with this? Can I get a test? It doesn't seem the NHS offer it.
I'm just really fed up now. And from being a healthy, active and normal human being able to digest anything and now to this has really messed with my head and my life. I see no way out other than a bland restrictive diet for the rest of my life and staying indoors and never socialising.
Any advice will be a great help.
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