Hi, I'm a 26 year old male with stomach issues..
Around 9 months ago I noticed my stools weren't fully formed and were quite loose.. Quite often they're gassy, floating, pale in colour or yellow. They'll be ragged, broken up or just the consistency of porridge.. Recently they've been quite pale, like the colour of chips or french fries. They also smell strongly of vomit, as if it's just passed through me too quickly to be broken down into a normal stool.
It's starting to get me worried. I've had countless blood tests for Celiac disease, liver function tests, gallbladder and pancreas tests. I've had a stool sample taken a while back. I've even had a abdominal ultrasound and that came back normal. I've cut out gluten, I'm completely vegan and I've been on the FODMAP diet for 6 weeks now and had no improvement. From the food diary i've been keeping i've noticed that my symptoms are worse when I eat fatty foods like, avocados (high fodmap), nuts and chips. My skin is also becoming very dry and I think it may have something to do with my inability to absorb fat perhaps?
I've started to worry it may be something to do with my pancreas as I had severe pain recently when I had a few glasses of wine the other night. I felt like my whole upper abdomen had seized up and had become swollen. After speaking to the doctor he said it's very unlikely based on the blood tests etc, but I just don't know anymore..
It's really getting me down, I've been trying everything to fix this issue and I just can't seem to figure out what is wrong with me. I guess what I'm asking is, are these symptoms common with IBS? I'm really hoping it's IBS related and nothing more sinister..
Anyway, apologies for the ramble.. Any feedback would be fantastic.