Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:56 PM
I'm not sure if what I have is IBS, but I know there's something wrong. It's been the same way for as long as I can remember, which is only about 4 years (yeah I have terrible long-term memory). I'm 21 right now, and for all I know there may have been stomach issues for most of my life.No matter what I eat, it seems to cause bloating. I also pass gas a lot, and burping too. Burping is usually voluntary, though it seems necessary and seems to be one of the few ways to relieve the uncomfortable bloating. I don't understand what it is. I've had blood tests, an upper GI endoscopy (scope through the throat), stool tests, and x-rays. Everything so far has come up normal. It could be IBS. I have OCD and general anxiety, so that seems to support the possibility of IBS, based on what I've read. Still, some things don't seem to add up. For example, the types of foods that irritate my stomach seem unusual. Like I said, everything I eat seems to cause bloating, but one of the biggest offenders is soup. It's just canned beef and vegetable soup, and it wreaks havoc on my stomach. Even water seems to cause bloating! Also, I don't think I experience either diarrhea or constipation regularly. I almost never have diarrhea, and constipation-- well there could be some of that, but I have bowel movements usually twice a day. I've tried using Miralax, probiotics, extra fiber, and more water, but none of that seemed to do much of anything other than make me have to use the bathroom more. After weeks of using all that, I still experienced bloating. I have a few theories of my own, but they're not very good. I basically just tried to think of things I do that may be unusual.I figured it could have something to do with posture. I've often watched TV in bed, and when I do this I prop my back up so I'm somewhere between sitting and lying down. I'm trying not to do that so much since my spine bends in ways it shouldn't when I do it. It affects my posture for sure-- but my stomach? I don't know.Here's another theory: Maybe it's bacterial? For years I've had a nasty habit of never brushing my teeth. Yeah I know, that's bad. I figure that bacteria from my mouth might get dragged along with my food and cause the bacteria in my stomach (or intestines) to be overpopulated. However, I've been brushing my teeth at least once a day for the past 3 weeks and no changes so far.My final theory: Maybe it has something to do with my respiratory system? I've noticed that my breathing always seems unsatisfactory to me. Maybe that's because of my bloating and not the cause of it, or maybe it's not connected at all. I don't know. I get out of breath after running for just a little while, but that could simply be because I'm out of shape. I do walk a lot, but for much of my life I haven't done much running.Those are really all the ideas I have. All I know is I want to get this fixed. It's very hard sitting down and doing school with all the uncomfortable bloating, so I want to fix this before college. I'd appreciate any help you can give me.