Hello, all my life I have had issues with IBS with constipation. I was diagnosed when I was around 20 years old, I am now 45. For about the past year, I have had problems with my digestion. When I eat ANYTHING, it sits at the top of my stomach protruding for hours, very uncomfortable feeling. Especially since I have a fairly thin build, 5'4" @ 120 lbs, size 7. I've also been having problems with my lower intestines (stomach area below the belly button) feeling swollen constantly, to where I have a hard time fitting into my clothes at time. I feel uncomfortable and bloated every day. I also have issues with bloating and gas. I've tried different things like gas-x, digestive health for gas, etc. and don't really get much relief. I have also tried digestive health probiotics, have not felt relief to date. I have had a colonoscopy about 4 years ago, turned up clean. Can you offer any thoughts or suggestions?
I wish I could give you an easy answer. IBS is a hard syndrome to deal with because there isn't a specific reason or cause for it. Some people find that the bloating and gas are caused by problems they are having digesting certain foods like lactose or gluten or protein, etc. You also could have slow gastric emptying (gastroparesis.)
Gastroparesis or Delayed Gastric Emptying
You may want to begin a food journal and keep track of what you're eating and how you feel after you eat it.
If your symptoms persist or get worse then it really seems you need to talk to your doctor. A colonoscopy from 4 years ago may not tell you if something is different today. You also may want to try and find a nutritionist who can help you figure out if you have any food allergies or sensitivities that are contributing to your problems.
Thank you very much. I will look into those suggestions.