I am so desperate as this is the first time I feel genuinely "betrayed" by my body and I don't know what to do!
For the past 2 months, I have had irregular bowels (switching between diarrhea and constipation), but the most damaging has been these loud bowel noises, coming from my colon/back area. It sounds like rumbling and is completely unpredictable and uncontrollable. I also have noises and rumblings coming from my lower abs/sides of pelvis. I can even feel the "bubbling" with my hand on the sides of my pelvis. After having constant diarrhea, noises, and embarrassment at work, I went to see a gastroenterologist who of course immediately suggested I have IBS. I had blood and stool tests which all came back normal. I have been leaving work early because I can't eat and feel sick because I'm not able to eat. I've lost about 8 pounds unintentionally and have lost appetite for the most part. Every time I eat, I immediately feel the rumblings come on and that feeling of "urgency" even though I go to the bathrooms and nothing happens.
This is causing me severe anxiety and depression as I now dread going to work because of embarrassment of noises and feeling of dizziness from not eating and being anxious. I can't focus on work, I've been extremely exhausted, and crying almost everyday. This is horrible I feel like I've lost myself. I can't tell where this came from though as I've never had any intestinal issues before (at least not this severe). I do have a lot of stress and anxiety, particularly since I just started a new job 3 months ago. The gastro doc suggested I see a psychiatrist for anxiety so he's put me on Xanax for the time being, which certainly helps my anxiety but still struggling with the bowel problems. I don't know what to do!!! I read things like I should be screened for colon cancer, ovarian cancer, etc or it could just be freaking IBS?! Ugh, any help, advice, suggestions, or kind words would be so greatly appreciated! My doctor has been anything but helpful.
I'm (otherwise) healthy, active 27 year old female. Happily married, no kids.
Oh and no real pain, just pressure in the lower abs after eating, and I can feel the trapped gas, it just stays in and bubbles and makes noises. I'm on probiotic vitamins, I've tried spasmomen (which did nothing), and I've taken herbal laxative teas which make me go but I still feel like I need to go more and of course, cannot.