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Diarrhea, Abdominal Discomfort, Bloating - Is this IBS?

I have been having occasional diarrhea but not always. I had also been having normal bowel movements, but I suppose that I had some indigestion. About a week and a half ago, I went to my doc about a bite that I thought could have been rabies (turns out I was wrong and paranoid) and I had mentioned that my upper left/middle left abdomen was feeling a bit discomforting and I had not used the bathroom in my usual way (given my diet/lifestyle at the time). He told me it was a gas pocket and did not do much except feel the area a bit. Then, I continued with my days until about four days ago (it is Sunday when writing this, this happened/I took notice on wed) when I noticed I was bloated after a meal as if I had not used the bathroom. The next day came diarrhea that felt kinda oil-like coming out. I thought nothing of it and got pepto two days later to attempt to settle the issue. I took it once and my body seemed to calm down (I was anxious before relieving myself and it usually helped to do so). Now my poop looks like this and I have no idea if it has to do w/my pancreas or any other type of condition. Is this whole ordeal just constipation or is it IBS or something diff? I am 24 and male.




https://imgur.com/a/UA8R2Fv - this is a picture of poop - look at your own risk
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Differential diagnosis is broad. You may have anything from infectious or inflammatory bowel disease to malabsorption syndrome to irritable bowel syndrome. You should return to your doctor for additional tests.
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Hello and welcome to the forum.  We encourage you to continue working with your doctor.  Your situation seems acute and not a long standing issue which is more common with an irritable bowel diagnosis.  Here is information regarding IBS:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016  I would begin journaling various things such as what you eat, symptoms you may  have, how you feel both physically and emotionally.  IBS can flare and be triggered by things we do in life or life events or even emotional situations.  But a one time situation is perhaps just that, a one time thing.  There is no definitive test to see if you have IBS but lots of testing they can do that would rule other conditions in or out and tell your doctor if IBS is likely leading to an eventual diagnosis.  Definitely keep on top of this and if your symptoms and issues continue, seek out the help of your current doctor or a gastroenterologist for further testing.  
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