Short and sweet:
Two years ago I had a bout of gastroenteritis which lead to IBS or SIBO (we still don't know which one).
It's a really bad illness, but now that i've been reading these forums i'm not so sure anymore
Whenever I go out I always have to canvas the premises for wash rooms incase something happens :/.
I'm tired of dealing with the pain and nausea associated with this illness. I've seen countless GI specialists and doctors and they just don't seem to give a wooden nickel. It's almost as if the illness has become a fucking joke within the medical community, as if it's something irrelevant and not serious at all...
I just don't understand how an illness that affects at least 10-20% of the population can have such limited treatment, and can be so damn right not understood at all. You have no idea how many doctors have told me that my problems are all in my head even though there is so much recent evidence that IBS is not caused by mental issues.
Currently i'm seeing a doctor in the US who specializes in functional medicine but it is very very very very expensive and I just feel like nobody fucking cares about my health so long as their health is ok and their bank account is loaded with money...
I don't know :/
This illness has really impacted my life in a negative manner (to put it lightly), and I feel like my general practitioners have no clue, my psychiatrists and psycholgists think all the problems are in my head, and my GI specialists don't know their head from their ass and don't keep up to date with reasearch.
TL;DR I've had IBS/SIBO + depression for about 2 years now and I feel like nobody cares and nobody can offer good advice on how to go about my life.
I'm 20 yr old, M, currently back in university taking courses part-time, but i'm not able to attend any classes because of this illness... I just try to manage with the textbooks :(