I have been having digestive issues the last couple of years. I don't know if it all started 4-5 years ago as I started developing issues with gas and pain when I ate avocados and raw pineapple. I am a 41 year old male 5'9" 180lbs. Here is what I have currently been dealing with.
About 2.5 years ago, I started to have pain develop under my left armpit. It was just kind of a nagging pain, but I now believe it was some type of gas pain. It went on for several months until I ended up in the ER with pain and shortness of breath. They sent me home saying I was in good health. The "gas" pain continued so I went to my doctor and they prescribed me medicine for acid reflux. It didn't do anything to help and I haven't been back to the doctor since. I have tried to manage it on my own. Currently and for some time, I have dull pain under my ribs on my left side accompanied by gas and bloating. This is pretty constant although some days are better than others. On days when it is real bad, the gas pain goes from my left arm thru my left abdomen down to my left foot. My stools almost always float. I haven't had any issues with blood in my stool, but my bowel movements have been inconsistent to say the least. I can go every day or I won't go for 4-6 days. The stools are pretty consistent in size, but can be pretty foul smelling (which my gas is as well on bad days). I have had no weight loss and have actually gained weight (20lbs in last 2 years). My appetite is good. I almost never have diarrhea and have actually not been sick with anything during this time. I haven't had any issues with vomiting. The pain isn't crippling by any means, more of a nagging issue that is almost always there.
Any ideas on what might be going on, how to treat it, or what type of specialist to see would be greatly appreciated.