So, I'm a recently 18 year old female who's having some problems with her stomach, bowels, and probably digestive track as a whole.
Now, I've always assumed that I just had a sensitive stomach, or IBS with certain triggers that I stayed away from (caffeine, tomatoes, milk, etc). But now, I'm wondering if it's just IBS that I have. Recently, my stomach has taken a turn for the worse. After every meal (well, probably 9-10 meals) I become extremely bloated with mild pain/cramping, a "sour" stomach, popping/bubbling noises, and the whole thing is worse than uncomfortable. The aftermath is what I'm worried about, though. My stools are loose most of the time (they seem greasy, too), and they always float. I thought that stools only floated when there was a high concentration of fat... but I do not eat a lot of fat! Plus, I'm a vegetarian, and have been for 5 years. And when I do have to pass gas, it smells like sulfur (usually no matter what I eat!). This is new, too-- I've never had an odor before. There is also a "burning" sensation when it passes. It's like my stomach is struggling to pass even the simplest things, like english muffins.
I'm at a loss. I am going to set up a meeting with a local Gastroenterologist, but I wanted to see what others thought. This started happening in january or so, then it went away for a month, but now it's back (3-4 weeks). I'm wondering if it's malabsorption syndrome? I'd never even heard of it till a couple moments ago when I was searching around on google (http://www.endonurse.com/articles/diseases_disorders/589_641diagnosis.html). So, what do you think? Again, I'm at a loss and this is affecting my daily life. It's gotten so bad that I miss my volunteer job, stay at home, and feel uncomfortable hanging out with friends.