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1203380 tn?1265571481

6 years with symptoms, lots of questions, no answers.

Symptoms:
Abdominal distention
Gas - intestinal... noisy. and embarrassing.
Inconsistent bowel habits - some days it's fine, some days it's constipation, some days it's a little more loose

I have seen 3 different doctors, one who was in internal medicine. All three have said it's just gas, but it can't be. I have tried all of the OTC anti-gas meds and none of them have helped. I have tried cutting out gluten products, and while I lose weight this way the gas and bipolar bowel are still there. One doctor gave me a sample of some probiotics... didn't help. A lot of the time it gets worse if I'm stressed or nervous.

This has been going on for more than 6 years now and I'm tired of doctors saying the same thing because I have tried everything they've suggested. I want to live comfortably again... this really keeps me from going to conferences because I get so embarrassed from my GI tract making noises. It's not normal.

Can anyone help?
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Avatar universal
Does your GI tract make noise even more at the conferences? Especially if you are about to speak or are speaking? Have you had a colonoscopy and endoscopy? Hida scan for your gallbladder? Have you been tested for H-plori?
1203380 tn?1265571481
Yes, it does seem to make more noise at the conferences or during exams than any other time. So part of me thinks it could be emotionally linked, if that's even possible?

I have not had any tests done because the doctors say, "It's just gas," and send me on my merry way. Are those things you think I should possibly mention to a GI doctor?

Thanks for your input!
140029 tn?1393301742
Hey Kelly...

sounds like me.. 4 1/2 years counting with anxiety and insomnia and bad IBS.  Finally found some relief doing a fructose free diet (I thought I was fructose free 6 months ago but I had no idea how limited it is!)

Anyway I don't think this website allows you to post web links but try *white* rice and unseasoned meats and spinach for like 4 days..zero fruit/zero wheat/gluten and see if there's any improvement..

just a thought, I'm still not feeling great but it's worth a shot.  Good luck!

(or if you have insurance you could ask the doctors for a fructose intolerance breath test..cheap easy 3 hour test.)
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