Looking for some insight on a tough medical problem! For reference, I've been to my general doctor, an OBGYN, and a gastroenterologist. I've been checked for every kind of allergy (seasonal and food), every cancer and precancer, and just recently endometriosis. I've had a laproscopy, colonoscopy, and endoscopy. Everything always comes back normal. I've tried every kind of ginger tea/drops, apple cider vinegar, probiotics, bacteria killing antibiotics, tums, pepto, zantac, imodium, even those seabands for pressure points, you name it, I've tried it. I don't drink or smoke, I incorporate meat (mostly white) into my daily diet and make sure to stay away from processed things like packaged goods, sodas, excessive gluten intake, sugar and have completely eliminated dairy. I exercise 30 mins a day around five times a week (if not more), typically a lower stress like yoga so I don't flare up my asthma.
I've always had ridiculously painful periods since I was 11, but at 15 I began to notice some gastro problems as well. Frequent nausea, feeling flushed before even a normal bm, going multiple times in a day, reflux, bloating, gas etc. The problems were made worse around periods so after being checked for allergies and having the colon and endoscopy, I had an unsuccessful battle with birth control pills for hormone regulation that only amplified my symptoms. After stopping that six months later, things were somewhat manageable. But now at 21, it's interfering with my daily life in a big way.
My biggest problem lately is urgent bms that come out of nowhere. Diet, exercise, sleep quality, and even the female calendar have no correlation (especially since I'm now on a hormone regulator that's supposed to put my body in a state of menopause). And when I mean urgent I mean URGENT. I get incredibly nauseated, pale and shaky, if I can't go right that second (it doesn't even have to be a diarrhea-like bm for me to experience this). This has led me to be quite a homebody which is hard since all my friends are out and about and I'm quite an extroverted A-type. Staying home 24/7 has "helped" the urgency factor but I still have the occasional flare up regardless of what I do that day. I will admit, there are times where I get apprehensive about going out unexpectedly considering I've had at least 3 bad experiences in the past six months where I had to go urgently and was in a spot where I couldn't (freeways aren't my friend in that situation!). I've wondered if this kind of makes things worse. For example today my mom told me we were going out to publix unexpectedly when I was having some cramps due to an oncoming bm. I was able to go (normally) before we left, and thought I was in the clear. Long story short, I ran into problems on the way to publix (went in publix), on the way home from publix (went again at the house), and about an hour later (went again) with each movement more painful (cramps wise) and looser. Could have potentially gone more but took an Imodium.
I'd like to know what's causing this, I can't just take Imodium every day.
Does this sound like a gastrointestinal problem or does it sound more nervous system related?
One last note:
Regardless of what I eat during the day, how much I eat, whether I eat or not before bed, and how much water I drink, I still get terrible bloating, reflux, and burping at night before even laying down. Usually kicks in around 9/10p when I'm still walking around and such. No idea why this is either!
Thanks for your input!