i am under a lot of stress at the mo and doctors say they think i have ibs cos intestine is swollen but i don't usually get acid reflux. since yesterday i've had diarhea, really painful acid reflux and pain in my pancreas ... also pain in my gall bladder but i have micro stones there so no surprise.
i am loosing my mind, my boyfriend says it's all stress induced from it being my first week at uni, while doing 2 jobs on the side to cope. parents say quit one of them but don't know if i'll manage. missed 2 first days now so even more worried.
will get a doctor's appointment tomorrow (cant ring day before with their system) but in the meantime i am sooo worried that if it is stress induced i'll have a nervous breakdown, if not could it be diabetes with the pancreas? by why the acid?
Don't let them tell you it's IBS unless they do tests to rule out things. It's what's called a "diagnosis of exclusion." But too many doctors are lazy and just label people with it without considering other things because the symptoms fit. Ask the doctor what other conditions could cause your symptoms and what tests need to be done to check for them.
IBS and other intestinal conditions can be aggravated by stress, but also by diet. Make sure the doctor gives you information about what foods to avoid and which to eat more of to help your symptoms. I would suggest keeping a food/stress diary. Write down everything you eat, along with your stress level and what symptoms you are experiencing at the time and their severity. Every time you eat something or have a change in symptoms, write it down. This will help you and the doctors find what triggers your issues. For example, if you have problems every time you drink coffee, that could be a trigger. So then you'd avoid coffee for a couple of weeks and see if things change.
Regardless of your intestinal problems, it sounds like you really need to get your stress under control. It's only the first week of university--why are you stressing so much? Figure out what you are afraid of or worried about and ask yourself why. Is it the amount of work? The unfamiliar environment? Being away from home?
Look around and find something extracurricular that you will enjoy, such as an aerobics class, pottery (very therapeutic), painting, basketball, film club, crochet, or whatever you are interested in. Even if it's just once a week. Don't make your life all about school and work. Take time out for you. Ask your boyfriend to do the activity with you.
If you really can't handle the stress, talk to your doctor about it.
Good luck with everything. Write back if you need anything else or if it's just to vent.