I have been suffering for a few years now with on/off stomach issues. Normally I don't seem to have a bowel movement for many days, sometimes not event once in a week. I get quite trapped wind and bloating. When I have situations where I may have to present at a meeting at work or if I am stuck somewhere (like a traffic jam for example) when I know I wont be able to get to a toilet I begin to panic and get unsettled feelings in my stomach. Then every 4 or so weeks I get really bad stomach cramps, especially after eating, I can feel really sick and it puts me off my food, it seems similar to stomach infections like Gastritis. I get full really easily when these flare ups occur and sometimes feel very weak and dizzy after eating and can get heart flutters. The worst thing about these flare ups is that it brings with it really bad anxiety. I worry that something is seriously wrong with me.
My Dr. has taken lots of blood samples, done a 24 hour ECG and also done an ultrasound to check there is nothing blocking my bowels or growing on them. All of these came back fine with no issues so she has said she feels that I have IBS. Do my symptoms sound like IBS? Has anyone has the same feelings as I have described?
I am also just wondering how long people have been suffering with IBS and is there anything you take which helps ease it?