I need someone to hear me out. IBS,SIBO, & Anxiety related. Please help me!ibs sibo anxiety health teen belching loss of appetite
Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:15 AM
So hello everyone! This is my first post here on IBS group, and I hope there are some people out there that can hear my story. Please be kind and just try to offer any type of helpful advice you can think of. Thanks!
Well hello again, My name is Aaron. I am a 19 year old college student suffering with IBS (not really sure if it's C or D?), Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth, and some anxiety issues. Since the summer of 2011 I have been dealing with these issues, and it's time I take a stand against it. I wouldn't normally go to an online forum to look for answers, but my situation has led me no choices. Plus, I believe there are a bunch of people out there that might be going through the same thing as me.
So how it all started? As shameful as it is to say, it all started after a drug related incident. Not sure if im allowed to talk about this, but it was just a bad cannabis experience. I basically got way too dysfunctional, and I had my first ever panic attack when I was under the influence. Talk about a nightmare. It was physically and mentally scarring. Since the day, I have never done it since.
Fast Forward a month or two, basically the fall of 2011. During this time I went through many panic attacks, but they subsided after a month or so. Once that died out, a new problem arose. My IBS. I started out just belching a lot, just a lot i mean a lot! I have to reiterate that point because it was true. I would burp at least 20 times an hour, maybe more. Time progressed just that symptom, then 2012 mainly consisted of the following symptoms: bloating, lots of gas, no weight gain at all, and a general decline in health. In 2012, my body was just out of wack. I went to see many GPs, gastro docs, and even psychologists. I was never diagnosed with anything serious from any of them (except for sibo). I went to the ER for the first time in the fall of 2012 cause the trapped gas inside my chest and abdominal area was making my chest hurt. I also had some weird pain going on in my stomach. ER docs said I was fine and sent me home.
In the fall of 2012, I had to quit both of my part time jobs because my IBS and anxiety was killing me. I would get bloating, nauseous cramps, and need to use the bathroom often at work. That right there was just way too much to deal with at the time.I also started to lose my appetite out of nowhere. One morning in Oct 2012 my appetite just straight up dissapeared, haven't had one since. I also got diagnosed last fall with SIBO. It was good to know that the doctors may have found some kind of lead to what has been going on. I just started treatment for SIBO about 12 days ago. 200mg, 3 times a day, for 30 days. I'm on Xifaxan (rifaximin), and it has cut my gas problems down a bit, and made my stools more regular. I'm just concerned cause whatever appetite I did have for the past 3 months (even the slightest) is now gone. I didn't feel any hunger at all for the past 24 hours. Im not sure if the antibitiocs are working, or making my condition worse.
Anyways, in conclusion. I have been plagued by IBS, SIBO, and anxiety for awhile now. I've lossed about 10 lbs since the start of this ordeal. Used to weigh about 124 in 2011, now im 114. Hasn't dropped past 113, so im still monitoring that. I always burp at random, and I also have no appetite. I'm not sure whats going on, and I am only 19. I keep thinking I have cancer or something because of all these issues. I really want to find out whats going on...
I hope some good people can hear me out and give me any advice. Thanks
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:32 AM
You don't have to be C or D, some people alternate between constipation and diarrhea, but if you are one or the other most of the time then that may indicate if you may want to take anti-diarrheals regularly or work more on preventing constipation. Often people who alternate find controlling the constipation stops the diarrhea as they don't trigger a "flush it all out" reaction if they don't get too backed up.
Some antibiotics can kill the appetite, so I wouldn't assume this is making things much worse. That is just the anxiety finding something to ramp itself up with, IMO.
Some people with anxiety do tend to swallow air without realizing it and that can make you burp a lot more than usual. Do you drink anything fizzy? Chew gum, suck on hard candies or smoke? All those can increase the amount of gas you swallow. Also really try to not talk while chewing as that can also be a problem with that. And anxiety alone can kill the appetite.
If you are eating less because you don't feel like eating that can totally explain weight loss. Serious things will make you lose weight for no reason even when your appetite is strong and you are eating more food than ever.
If you can get some support with the anxiety that may help a lot. Anxiety will make all symptoms a lot worse than they would be otherwise, and IBS symptoms seem really prone to ramp the anxiety up. Some treatments for anxiety can help calm down the gut nerves and may reduce the IBS symptoms as well.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:03 AM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:32 AM