Completely new to this forum thing, but here it goes. I'll try and keep it brief. Please take time to read my story, I'm sure there are a lot of people who can relate to me and stop me feeling so alone or that I can help in turn.
I've been suffering with IBS type symptoms for 6 months now. Before this all started I was an active young male (early 20s), in the gym 5 times a week and was in the shape of my life. I have a good job, great social circle, and all the support I could wish for in the form of girlfriend and family.
One morning, all of a sudden, I developed what I thought was a bout of diarrhoea. I thought nothing of it until it didn't shift for about 10 days. This caused me to go to the doctors and this is where the fun really does start for me.
I continued with this trend of having constant diarrhoea, using the toilet 6-8 times in the morning, until it stopped for the day. I'm presuming that this is because there was nothing left to come out. I've been through the whole testing process via the NHS (flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, MRI scans, gastroscopy, blood tests, stool samples etc) and everything has come back absolutely fine. The doctors have since diagnosed IBS. I can't help but think this is because they can't find anything else and have sort of given up with me?
I'm still under the care of the gastro team, and have also begun the low FODMAP diet. There has been some suttle changes in my stomach problems, but nothing I would ever shout from the rooftops about. Over the past 4 weeks though, I have begun to get on a very slippery road with what has been diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). For this, I have begun taking a course of Pregabalin as recommended by a private psychiatrist I was hauled to see by my parents after what I'll call a funny spell. To cut a long story short, this medication is helping to take the ease of my anxiety symptoms associated with the IBSD, however I'm still in a hole that I don't know how to get out of.
Basically, my problems are related to my bowel habits first thing in the morning. I am completely obsessed with looking what the end results of my poo looks like. If it doesn't look "normal" this is when my problems each and every day begin. I will get severe anxiety, panick attacks and depression. I've also developed a habit of never feeling empty, and going to sit on the "toilet" to check I don't need to use it. The end result of this is usually another bout of diarrhoea of which I have come to the conclusion can be avoided? More recently over the past week or so I have become so unstable in a mental state I was admitted to the local hospital for a brief stay. The thing I can't understand is if my poo looks "normal" first thing in the morning, I will sail through the day fine? I have also developed an eating disorder where I am so terrified what food is going to do to my stomach, I rather wouldn't bother. This also doesn't help a 3 stone weight loss from July 2015.
So my question to whoever looks at this post:
1) Does anybody ever feel like I do?
2) Are there any medications (Within the UK) that people can recommend that I should ask my GP for?
3) Any inputs on diets to try? The whole FODMAP thing doesn't really work for me. I can eat one thing and be fine the day after, and eat exactly the same and have a day from hell as a result? I've also tried eliminating dairy, wheat, and even meat. When I do eat, its usually only fish and gluten free products?
4) Any general advice how to deal with these symptoms with regards to public transport commutes on a daily basis?
Thanks for taking the time to read quite a large post, honestly any replies really would be appreciated.
Hope to hear from anybody out there soon!
All the best, Lewis