I've been experiencing gut issues for over a year, and wanted to know if this IBS or, if not, some other diagnosis and what to do for these symptoms. It's probably easiest just to bullet point symptoms:
I've been experiencing an usually high degree of constipation for close to a year, typically accompanied by the feeling of needing to evacuate but very little is passed with lots of straining. There can be 2-3 days without full evacuation and cycle resets itself after evacuation.
Other symptoms include bloating, sore, sensitive, or raw stomach, anal itchiness, sleeplesness and often a tight or congested feeling near where the liver is located.
I took a big regimen of an antibiotic (Cipro 40 days straight) about 2 years ago, and assumed that this created a major gut imbalance. I did a 2-month strict cleanse diet which eliminated all sugars and at the same time took candida and parasite cleanses (and re-populated the gut with heavy probiotics). This diet helped somewhat but I'm nowhere near close to what I would consider normal with my digestion.
I take a lot of supplements on a daily basis that are supposed to help with gut issues: glutamine, probiotics, cod liver oil, bone broth,diatomaceous earth, coconut oil, tumeric, cinnamon, and quercitin - these may help, but I'm surprised that I don't feel regular after long-term usage of these.
Doing a dry sauna does seem to help, but only with short-term relief.
In terms of specific food sensitivies, I've cycled on and off dairy and gluten to see if these are the major culprits, but it doesn't seem to make much impact.
I do notice that if I have more than one alcoholic beverage (doesn't matter what kind) I feel just horrible the next day - I never used to feel this way. I never had a great tolerance, but I could easily function the next day if I had a drink or two. If I drink at all I just have to assume the next day is devoted to simply recovering.