Your symptoms are suggestive of irritable bowel syndrome IBS. It is a common GIT problem.
Commonly people who have IBS complain of
-Abdominal pain or colic
-A bloated abdomen
-Either Diarrhea or constipation or an alternating between both of them. -Constipations results in straining during a bowel movement, hard, painful stools and feelings of incomplete evacuation.
-Mucus containing stool
Certain types of foods contain, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea and increase the IBS symptoms.
Symptoms of IBS are non specific and occur in many disorders like GERD, Gastritis, gastric ulcer and inflammatory bowel diseases. So, these causes should be excluded first. And if any is positive should be treated.
Stress and infections in the GI tract increase the frequency and the severity of IBS symptoms in almost all cases.
Observe your habits and any associated changes in your symptoms accordingly may help in identifying the main cause. Try to avoid stress, take plenty of fluids, vegetables, and take easily digested light meals.
IBS is a disease diagnosed by exclusion of other causes. So, stool analysis and abdominal-pelvic US should be done to exclude other causes.
Your doctor may recommend endoscopy if symptoms persist or increase to exclude other causes like gastric ulcer, gastritis, GERD or colon problems.
Only by complete history, physical examination and investigations, the correct diagnosis can be reached. I would advise you to keep on Follow up with your doctor.
Hope you find this information useful.
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This answer does not substitute for direct medical consultation.
Dr. Safaa Mahmoud.
MB BCh, MSc Internal Medicine. MD Medical Oncology.
PhD Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science.