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What are your current symptoms?
Bloating and flatulence?
Stress and anxiety issues?
Have you undergone any investigations so far?
Are you taking any medicines?
Alcohol and smoking consumption?
What is your occupation?
Are you overweight?
Please explain your symptoms in detail.
Sorry for the delay, but wanted to make sure I had the time to answer you appropriately. And thank you for the questions. Please see my answers below:
So my current symptoms are not those normally associated with typical stomach/gut issues, at least as far as I'm aware of. While I do have occasional bloating and flatulence, those particular symptoms were worse before and have improved quite a bit. My current symptoms are as follows:
Yes, have tried many different things, ones that come to mind listed below:
Are you taking any medicines?
Currently, the only thing I take is a supplement called Inflammatone, which seems to help my stomach, as well as everything else. Not sure if this is just as a general inflammation reducer or what.
I do not smoke, but drink a decent amount. Rarely do I drink to get drunk anymore these days, but my wife and I will often have a few cocktails 4-5 times per week. And there does seem to be some correlation between my symptoms getting slightly worse and times when I do drink heavily for many days in a row. (one of my food allergies was to brewer's yeast).
What is your occupation? I own my own business that builds mobile apps and mobile websites. It's relatively low-stress compared to most other work I've done in the past.
Nope. I weigh about 150 and I'm about 5'10". I exercise regularly and am quite fit.
That reminds me on the exercise. One symptom, which I thought was really odd, was that when I was feeling bad and tried to exercise, I didn't seem to have any trouble during the exercise itself, but after the fact, I would be absurdly sore (more so when I was lifting), and much more than I normally would be. It was almost as if my body couldn't handle the muscles rehabbing and rebuilding themselves.
A few more general things. I had multiple concussions from soccer previously and had a lot of brain fog associated with that. For the longest time, I thought quite a few of my symptoms were from this (and maybe there is some relation), but I notice what seems to be a fairly direct correlation between my stomach/gut, specifically the feeling beneath my sternum and how I feel overall. Certain things like the inflammatone, as well as times after a cleanse, have seemed to help, which leads me to believe it might be something related to what's going on in my stomach/gut.
Thinking back, I was on heavy and prolonged antibiotics roughly 5 years ago (maybe more even) for a pilonidal cyst and was never told to take anything or even eat yogurt to replenish the good bacteria that I'm assuming was killed off. This is speculation on my part of course, but after 3+ years I'm trying to piece together what could have initiated this and how to fix it of course.
Very interested to hear your thoughts and what you think next steps might be. Thank you very much!
Hi,Thanks for providing more information.
Sorry for late reply and inconvenience.
First we should discuss regarding your stomach/gut issues.
As you have taken antibiotics for a long period of time so it might be a contibuting factor resulting in gastrointestinal problems like bloating,flatulence,heaviness in stomach area,indigestion.
It has been seen that prolonged use of antibiotics kill good bacteria while treating for infective agents resulting in adverse effects.
So your symptoms are related to Irritable bowel syndrome and it is a functional disorder and all the investigations come normal in this case.
Other potential diagnosis may include Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
You can try OTC Prilosec empty stomach for 7-14 days which gives you good results.
Also add more fibre to your diet.
You can take metamucil on daily basis at night.
Drink plenty of fluids and also take energy drinks like Gatorade when you feel fatigue,cramps in legs.
Whenever you do exercise you should do in slow pace and keep yourself hydrated well.
Also take short breaks.
Eat high protein diet if you want to do weight lifting.
You should start a multivitamin.
Regarding your brain fog,imbalance so as you have history of multiple concussion and endolymphatic hydrops so they can be contributing factor.
However it's not a worrisome as your MRI is fine.
So relax yourself.
Also limit your alcohol intake as it may not suitable for you in excessive amount.
You can try herbal supplement like Iberogast which can also be effective in your case.
If your symptoms'll persist then it's good to see a gastroenterologist.
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