I have been suffering with IBS for 4 years now, and while I was devastated the first year when it showed up, I find myself envious of how it was 3 years ago in the sense that I have lost my ability to eat properly.
I used to eat easy legumes like lentil, eggs, veggies (had to be cooked tho), and even dairy! Yes, dairy! Nice wholegrains too. No processed stuff tho, I had banned myself from them.
Starting from this year, all of this has started to change, I started experiencing A LOT of my symptoms in my upper GI tract. And by that I mean, very bad reflux that sometimes blocks my airway (!), a hellish feeling as if I'm about to spill out my organs, and a very strong heart beat. There is more than that but I think you get the picture, it's hell, I don't need to describe further.
These are usually triggered by foods I was eating just fine prior to this year. Anything from too much fibre, to legumes, vegatables, fruits, dairy, and anything that has an acid edge to it. I eat them, and about 6 hours, later... BOOM! Hell...
By the way, I'm not lactose intolerant, lactose-free milk gets me in the exact same way! It wasn't until this year that it started being so bad...
I really don't eat healthy anymore because I just can't, I only eat carbs and lightly-cooked meat (but meat is really expensive). My doctor insists that my IBS is stress related, but I highly disagree. My current dam of symptoms is triggered by foods, not by my mental health. I eat something, I get sick. Isn't that simple?
I have not had an endoscope of any kind yet except an ultrasound, as my GP refuses to let me get one because she feels that it's stress, and therefore, the colonoscopy will be useless. I have an opportunity to take one this summer if I decide to head to my home country Greece's healthy system (currently in the UK) but is it worth the hassle? At the end of the day, my GP IS a licensed practitioner, though on the other hand, I live in this body and I don't feel that her assessment is accurate.
I'm an adult, I've had stressful stuff going on plenty of times. It never stopped me from eating to this severe degree. Why is this happening now? Why wasn't it happening all the other times? It doesn't make sense...
Has anyone had a similar experience?