Too many bowel movement
I'm a 68 year old female with no other health issues, but I have ongoing diverticulosis.
I know I can be really open about issues and I appreciate this list so much, so here goes:
For the past 3 years, or so, I've been seeking digestive help and, so far, my gastroenterologist has been very little help. Here's what's going on currently; I have way too many bowel movements during the day. Sometimes up to 6 a day in varying degrees of size. No diarrhea, but sometimes soft, sometimes what I'd call OK formed. Not huge pieces. What is really annoying is I'm not feeling I get completely emptied any given bowel movement. Gastroenterologists just say, "More Fiber, more water". Fine for some folks, but it makes the problem worse for me. I also have to urinate a lot along with this and sometimes feel urgency, but no leakage. Stomach sometimes feels slightly nauseous and there are nights I sleep with a hot pad to relieve some of the abdominal pressure and discomfort.
Background info: h pylori in 2019, along with a diverticulitis infection, gallstones and small hiatal hernia. I've since had 2 diverticulitis infections, all treated with Augmentin. Gallbladder was removed in 2020. No other health issues, although CT scans show pelvic congestion syndrome, which my gynecologist doesn't agree with because I have no pain, although I feel heaviness and pressure most of the time. I'm not on any medications with the exception of Lexapro for anxiety and I take Ambien at night for sleep. Some vitamin supplements too.
My weight is pretty constant. I'm 5'5" and about 134 lbs. I'm up and about alot, take tai chi. My diet is ok, although, again, I can't eat high fiber.
I tried, unsuccessfully, to get an appointment with Mayo clinic at Rochester last year. My gastro sent in the recommendation and records, but they turned me down saying they couldn't contribute anything further to my diagnosis.
Any thoughts or similar experiences anyone can share or where I should go next would be helpful. I'm considering a FODMAP diet or seeking functional medicine. Thanks all!