Our expert says:
I suggest that you consult a gastroenterologist for further examination and a possible gastroscopy and colonoscopy, to rule out any underlying pathology. I also suggest that you consult a psychiatrist to assist you in getting your anxiety and depression under control.
Treating the depression will be of utmost importance, as all your symptoms, especially the chronic abdominal pain, constipation, constant bloating and flatulence, can all be stress related.
Swimming is a great non-stressful exercise. I think the endorphines released while swimming, is the reason for the pain subsiding. It is a good idea to include swimming on a daily basis as part of your daily exercise.
Unfortunately, there is no over the counter medication that I can suggest.
Dr Anrich Burger
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