Hi from a newbie!
Before I start, I’d like to add that I’m going to see the doctor next week but I’m the meantime I observed I’d anyone could relate to my symptoms before they were diagnosed.
From September last year I suffered with a tremendous amount of stress, up until Christmas when I was off work for a week - it was then I realised just how much I’d been suffering I.e working ridiculous hours because of workloads, sometimes not having time to break for lunch Or go to the loo, wasn’t sleeping, mind couldn’t shut off and when I did eat it was always the wrong foods!
I am overweight and have had a constant battle with trying to lose weight.
In February, I found myself a new job (which I’m not 3 weeks into and still having symptoms) but the stress didn’t end there, I was in a position where I couldn’t focus on my handover and had to keep it quiet about my departure - I realise now I probably should’ve seen a doctor well before then!
Since mid February I have then started to have symptoms such as:
- bloating after eating
- loose stools with mucus
- change in colour of stools
- undigested food in stool
When I look back, there have always been certain foods, particularly when reheated (pasta, potatoes etc) and things like salad which tend to bloat me.
I have made things worse for myself by consulting dr Google which in turn has put me off making an appointment for great of being told I have something really sinister.
I have also significantly increased my exercise as part of a charity challenge.
I only get cramps when I need to have a BM and it disappears afterwards. It’s not always loose either, but I wouldn’t say it was what I’m used to passing either.
I experience reflux sometimes too.
I recently started taking probiotics and that has helped to relieve some symptoms, I find BMs less frequent
Really sorry for the long post, I’m just desperate to get to grips with what is wrong ☹️