New, Confused, and Feeling Miserable
Hello and Thank you for allowing me to vent and seek advice. I'm 51 y/o female and have had IBS-D for about 5 years. In the last year, particularily the last few months, it has gotten much worse. I just don't know if this is normal, or should I worry. I'm going to see the GI doc in 2 weeks.
Lately, if I eat, almost instantly, I feel bloated, and have loss of appetite. I have abdominal discomfort, but not a lot, it's more so in my upper abdomen and back. When I have a BM (99.9% of the time it's diarrhea and it hits me fast) it alleviates the back and abdominal pain for a short bit, but it comes back. The back pain has been new in the last few months. It seems as though when the IBS flares up, so does the back pain. I'm just tired, I'm having frequent headaches, body/joint aches and fatigued. I just feel bloated and just crappy and I'm sick of feeling this way. I don't eat fried foods, I stopped drinking alcohol (as a former social drinker), and even limited my caffiene and chocolate intake. Any advice anyone could offer would be much appreciated.