I've been having problems with my digestive system's behavior over the last few months. I don't feel horrible, but I have annoying and embarrassing symptoms. I've Googled them to no avail, don't want to publicly announce them (love this anonymous forum!) and fear that my doctor will only prescribe meds. I don't want meds. I am sensitive to foods and I want to heal this with food, and maybe some herbal supplements/vitamins, and stress relief.
My symptoms, basically, are: I have a very small BM just about every time I pee. I poop tiny little, wet poops, and never really feel like I'm done. This is problematic because I know it isn't normal and its been going on way too long, it takes forever to go, and I need a million pieces of toilet paper every time. I will avoid peeing until I get home from events just to avoid an embarrassing 20 minutes in the bathroom. I am going to be traveling in a few weeks, and don't need to be in the bathroom for excessive amounts of time. I've also been very gassy, which is obviously embarrassing. Very.
I am sensitive to certain foods, and I know this. I am a vegan, because dairy bothers me, and this is not a recent change. A few years ago, I lost a lot of weight, and while eating healthy any stomach symptoms I did have (I've been down the stomach med route before, hence why it scares me) went away. I'm sensitive to huge diet changes, deep fried foods, etc. I haven't been eating/doing those things, though.
In the last month or so, I've gone back to my healthy diet. I had only strayed away from it a little, but I started only eating foods that I frequently ate back then to try to get my stomach back to normal. I started a very small dose of probiotics. I already take fiber for constipation and have not changed the amount. I am generally cooking my own food so there are no surprises. After an injury, I am doing cardio again, which I thought would help.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone had symptoms like these? If I knew what it was called, or what foods are best for it, I would do something, but I just don't know, so I've gone on the bland, careful diet. I have a feeling stress is a factor and I am actively working on that (aren't we all?)
Thanks for any advice you can give!