Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing well and had an excellent new year. I want to have second opinion as I am already seeing a medical specialist in Gastroenterology.
- My problem - bloating (last 5years mostly left side), incomplete evacuation(but I poop daily), abdominal pain
- Current prescription - 13g of MOVICOL
- Diet - Gluten free, Lactose free (I use AMUL lactose free milk, which has very less quantity of lactose)
- About me - 23 years old, Male, India (Asia), regularly does exercises and meditation
Searching for answers
From past 5 years I have been suffering from abdominal pain and discomfort and always had a feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation. In October 2020, I was tested TTGA positive (Gluten Intolerant) and had been on gluten free, lactose free diet. I had great relief with MOVICOL which I recently started using after 2 months of antibiotics - Rifaximin which didn't helped much (less pain but bloated) so my (Ques-1) question is if this laxative is safe. Also I had my endoscopy where there was very little inflammation to which doctor said that can be ignored. Every other blood report was normal, I had CT scan also (NORMAL).
He also prescribed me antidepressant which I have not taken yet fearing I will get hooked, (Ques-2) anyone else here who had positive results using antidepressants.
I will be trying low FODMAP from this week, as I was having trouble finding dietitian who can help me this.
(Ques-3) What are other alternatives or laxative (natural or synthetic). I have already tried Psyllium (16months) which worked well for initial months but later had extreme bloating problems so I stopped using that.
I completely understand that we are not professionals here and I would not hold anyone accountable for their opinion if it works against me. I just want to know if someone resonates with me and what helped him or her.
Do you live with any sleep disorders (eg. insomnia, RLS, sleep apnea) in addition to IBS?