Hello everyone, I am a bit desperate as I have no Idea what is wrong with me.
I have had problems with constipation most of my life (I am now 45). I stopped eating meat when I was 18. There is colon cancer in my family (maternal & paternal) so I have been tested via a colonoscopy every 4 years since my mid 30s. Ever since I seem to have had more problems. When I was pregnant with my second child I was prescribed sugar water as I was so constipated. She is now 12 and things have not changed. I have been to different doctors; 1 tested my thyroid, low side of normal. Another sent me to a nutritionalist who said I should eat breakfast. A third did a test for coeliac disease on my request - negative.
My symptoms: I bloat constantly and look and feel very pregnant. I have tried giving up wheat/gluten - it worked for a few weeks and I lost weight, then I went back to normal. I have given up potatoes, mushrooms, everything I can think of. I now take probiotics every morning. This also seemed to work for a while but no longer.
My weight for around the last 8 years was always 11st 12lb. I wasn't happy with this but it didn't seem to matter what I did or eat - I was always that weight.
I now work out every day, walk to work and back, eat fruit and salad and now weigh 12st 7lb. Why?!! I look even more pregnant. Especially on the left side around my ribs. I have never been diagnosed with IBS. I have lost faith in any diagnosis from a doctor. I would love to be able to afford to pay £200 for a food intolerance test but then learn that it is scientifically unproven. I am getting bigger and fatter but eating less and exercising more. I have problems - please help.
Any advice please?!!!