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Hi everyone, I have been having pretty constant stomach issues for over a month now & I’ll try to be as detailed as possible with my symptoms (apologies if they get a bit gross). So a little about me, im 35, female, smoker, IBS sufferer (stress related) slightly milk intlorerant.
Just over a month ago, the quality of my stool started to decrease & frequency started to increase. The best way to describe the stool consistency is as if I have eaten something bad that my stomach didn’t agree with and wants it out of my gut! It is not full blown diarrhea consistency (I have only had that once through this whole time) consistency is sticky, not formed – would say a type 6 on the Bristol stool chart. As this bad stool started to have an impact on my day to day life I went to the doctors, they did blood test and stool sample & all came back clear (good news, but doesn’t solve my problem) so the doctors have put this down to stress related, however the symptoms are completely different to my normal stress related IBS. I have been put on Mebeverine x3 daily & Omeprazole x1 daily. I have found that they do slow down the sense of urgency to go to the bathroom but the stool quality and frequency has not improved.
Diet – I have cut diary out on my diet & have been careful with what I am eating – diary free bread, freefrom ranges, more fibre etc & eating more fibre did help for a couple days with the stool quality but that was short lived. This week for a couple days I ate nothing but beige foods – toast for breakfast, porridge oats for lunch & potatoes or rice based dinner & I found this improved my stool quality a lot, so yesterday I thought I would try eating normally again to see the impact and low and behold I have had a bad stomach again today with the stool quality being back at type 6 & frequency is up. To me this rules out my stomach issues being related to stress. But to probably sound contradictory it rules out food intolerances as how can I now be that intolerant to food that isn’t beige (bread, oats & bread?) is it possible for a stomach bug not to show up on stool sample? I’m not due back at the doctors for another week but I’m reaching out to see if anyone has any thoughts of experience themselves of this kinda of thing? I am utterly fedup, it is having an impact now on my daily life & I just want a normal stool (lol)
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