For the past year I've been having terribly painful gas that seems to only come about during lunchtime and lasts for about 4 to 5 hours. The pains are sharp and extremely painful like a knife that stabs at my intestines every minute. Doing a number 2 (oh, and farting) usually helps but it doesn't entirely solve the issue - I still feel discomfort for another hour or so.
I also feel terribly bloated so much so that I have to unbutton my pants when I've barely eaten anything, and I feel like I could just explode!
I've basically come to the conclusion that I have IBS.
BUT, this only seems to happen when I'm at school. Maybe the stressful environment could be causing this IBS - if that is what it is. I don't eat anything at school that is particularly different to what I eat anywhere else - I'll usually have some fruit, a sandwich, maybe some juice, and I eat all of these things at home too and experience no symptoms.
Also, lately for the past week I've been feeling nausea when I wake up and it worsens when I eat, at which point I'm repeatedly gagging. During the day, as soon as I put food in my mouth I feel nauseous and just lose my appetite. It's particularly bad when I'm eating carbohydrates - bread, pasta/spaghetti, etc. - although I was okay and didn't have much nausea when I was eating yoghurt.
All I can say is that this nausea started on the day that I was to return to school after a long holiday. I felt really depressed about going back to school, I had an emotional breakdown. To be entirely honest, school is just causing so many problems for me right now, mentally/emotionally, and physically - this whole IBS thing along with terrible lower back pain, headaches, muscle pains in my upper back that never seem to go away, fatigue, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, the list goes on...
School has affected me this way for the past year (I'm in my final year of high school) - I just can't take the pressure and the stress, I'm so sick of fluctuating emotionally and my self-esteem is terribly damaged and incredibly unstable.
I really do think that all of my health concerns are in some way related to the stress - and even trauma I guess - that I'm experiencing from school. I just don't know what to do anymore, I'm just so sick of being in this emotional and physical state. Does anyone have any advice?
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.