A couple years ago I went to a GI doctor and was diagnosed with IBS with virtually no testing. She did some blood work, but to my knowedge did not test for celiac. I can't say I agree that it's just IBS. I have not gotten any relief from meds, diet changes, and I am not under stress.
Initially I went to the doctor because I was having daily diarrhea. (Not too many times in a single day, but it was still daily) Now I seem to go back and forth between constipation and occassional loose stools. But I would say more constipation as of lately. The thing is, even when my stool is normal formed, I still get a lot of pain before, during, and/or after I go to the bathroom.
As for my abdominal pain, I get cramping sometimes (not daily, but when I get it, its very painful!) I have an overall uncomfortable feeling in my abdomen. Like there's a lot of pressure or a tightness. (I feel this daily. I have not had one day where I haven't had discomfort, and that isn't characteristic of IBS MOST of the time..) I also feel this odd feeling that my ribs on my left side are bumping into something. (Hard to explain!)
I will list other symptoms that I have experienced at one point or another:
-I am often dizzy despite my iron levels being normal
-Chronically chapped lips, does not matter what I put on them!
-For a while last year I went through weeks of just overall 'feeling out of it"
-I have a rash on my abdomen that comes and goes. It doesn't itch but it feels kind of prickly at times. It's red/pink and not raised. It has been coming and going for months now.
-I have never been able to gain weight. I am very underweight for my size
-For as long as I can remember I have always had horrible teeth in the way of weak enamel requiring a lot of cavities to be filled)
-and the digestive problems I explained (these started out of no where!)
Opinions and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I currently am uninsured at the moment and not able to go to the doctor.