I've came across this website by doing research on the symptoms and issues I've been having.
A couple of years ago, I started to have bouts of constipation. I didn 't think much of it. I would just treat the symptoms with a laxative as needed. Then over the past year, it's gotten a lot worse. It doesn't seem to matter what I ate, I would balloon up like I'm about 9 months pregnant. I'm a petite person, I eat healthy, unprocessed food and exercise several times a week. The pressure of how big my stomach gets makes it uncomfortable to sit. People dismiss me...they say, "eat some fiber, drink coffee.." but nothing works. Finally I seen a GI specialist and told me it was IBS, and there is basically nothing they can do for it. I haven't had a BM in days. It is so depressing because none of my clothes fit. I want to look professional at my job and it seems the only clothes that I can wear make me feel dumpy. I get to the point I don't want to go anywhere. When I wake up with a flat stomach, all I can do is think all day how I can keep from bloating up so I can wear something nice. I'm afraid to even eat anymore.