Do any of you fellow IBS sufferers get severe bloating which appears randomly (therefore not food-induced)?
I am going to start investigations once again (this time going privately, via medical insurance) and as my case is quite complex (may also have endometriosis) I just wanted to gather your thoughts.
To give you a synopsis, there are days in which I already wake up to a very bloated/distended abdomen (this simulates a pregnant women during her 3-5 month's stage). Other days it appears more towards the evening and others it just comes and goes as it wishes.
Another curious thing I have noticed is that the bulk is often lop-sided either more inflated to the left or to the right., though it has a predisposition for the left side.
I know for sure it is not food related, given that if I wake up to it, it's clear my stomach is empty first thing in the morning. I am also really vigilant of what I eat and avoid certain things that could create excessive gas (i.e: cruciferous vegetables, pulses, etc.).
There are times when it gets worse 2 weeks just before my period, however as mentioned earlier, it's pattern is pretty random.
This is often accompanied by a "pulling" sensation on my pelvic area, specially towards the sides and groin area, as well as the usual daily pains I have (cramps, stabbing, piercing and burning pains).
This continues to get worse during my 2 year battle so far. So I have now started to dress differently in order to offer some sort of comfort (i.e: no skirts as this means wearing restrictive tights, baggier trousers and tops to allow extra room for the bloated abdomen.
I find the whole thing baffling as well as really uncomfortable. And none of the remedies advised by medics work (this also includes alternative therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, teas, turmeric,etc).
Grateful for any advice!