I'm a 21 year old University student who while in high school, took many rounds of antibiotics to cure chronic ear infections, which likely wiped out necessary bacteria inside my GI tract.
Gas, bloatness, abdominal noises/discomfort and sudden lactose-intolerance were the first symptoms to pop up while in highschool.
Recently (the past 3 years) however, I have started to experience very STRONG and painful stomach spasms, as well as pains in the left side of my abdomen/gut.
I usually wake up feeling alright, and then by about 5pm-7pm, my intestines or stomach inflate to an uncomfortable degree. Night class became virtually impossible to sit through. If i lie on my back to go to sleep, I immediately feel the tension in my stomach (or at least, some organ in between my ribcage. I am clearly not a biology student).
Other symptoms I've experienced INCLUDE:
- black stool, (not regularly, but a few times)
- reddish stool (same as above)
- I think i MIGHT have hemorrhoids. WTF.
- nausea, tiredness
- burping, gas
I had a barium enema, which showed nothing.
My celiac test came out negative.
I eat pretty well, especially for a student - I definitely don't "cheap out" on food, especially since I've had these issues for so long. But i do consume alcohol.
Im actually finding i am generally in discomfort from my stomach, especially recently. Lots of movement in my intestines, strange "ripping" sounds in the morning, stomach aches by the afternoon.
Any suggestions? Im mostly wondering what it means if it originally started in my abdomen, and seems to have spread into my stomach creating stomach spasms. I'd say the spasms have been a more recent development (past 6-8 months), whereas the general IBS has been with me for 4-5 years.