I've struggled with what the doctors say is IBS for around 6 years (I've been to 3 different, they all conclude the same). It's gotten progressively worse over the years and I'm not totally convinced it's even IBS, actually I'm afraid it's much worse but at this point, part of me would feel relieved if they told me it was cancer.
My worst symptom (beyond stomach discomfort, cramps and constipation) is nausea. It's really turned me into a handicapped person. It strikes randomly and without a dietary pattern and I usually have about 3-4 sessions of it per week, it lasts 3-4 hours when it's there and sometimes it's accompanied with gastrointestinal discomfort/pain but not always. It makes me feel a shortness of breath like I can't breathe deep, and I also experience difficulties swallowing and dryness of mouth. My doctors say this is reminiscent of a panic attack, but the truth is it can happen anytime even when I'm feeling great and totally in balance. Besides, my body and my system should be able to handle a little stress, that's part of life for all living things... I really feel like the doctors are just picking the easiest solution.
This has made it completely impossible to live a normal life. I can't plan anything or work regularly because I can never predict when I'll be feeling good or just normal but generally I feel ill or nauseous 60-70% of the time. I'm down to only working 25 hours a week because I simply don't feel I have energy for more than that. I can't really travel or book tickets to concerts or other shows because there's too much of a risk that it's just a waste of money since I might not be able to go.
Every day is such a nightmare just having to push through with everything at work, feeling like I have to puke most of the time. I avoid meetings and social situations where I can't leave because I'm afraid I'll get nausea and the absolute worst is when I get trapped somewhere with nausea. My family and closest friends know how I struggle and are very helpful and supportive, and I've also told people at work but they have no idea how bad it really is.
I had so many dreams for my life and was so well on the way to achieving them. Life used to be such a rush, I had so much fun and though I went through a lot of hard times as well, I always found that I came out of every situation stronger and more aware of who I was and what I wanted. But now, I can't summon this courage or sustain any good attitude to life because everything has been rendered impossible by my disease. I'm feeling very depressed and have been feeling this way for a few months now; I'm literally at my wit's end and the idea of having to like this for the next 40-50 years (I'm a 29 year old man) seems absolutely impossible - I'd rather die.
I've really done an awful lot of things to try and fix it, but nothing is really effective. The only thing that's helped a bit is not eating gluten, but it doesn't help with the nausea. I've tried probiotics and more extreme things like fasting to no avail. I try not to eat at all if I'm at work. On a normal day I eat one slice of bread with butter in the morning and then I don't eat until I'm back home (where my lunch diet consists of many hardboiled eggs and raw vegetables). My dinners are typically lean meat and mostly steamed vegetables, rice and potatoes. I do my best to stay away from candy and anything processed.
So I guess my question is, are you guys (fellow IBS sufferers) experiencing nausea the way I am? I think I could live with the digestive symptoms, I've already found a few dietary changes that help them, but NOTHING seems to relieve the nausea. Or do you think something else is wrong with me and that I need to see other specialists?