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Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.

IBS: Where Does It Hurt?

By June 15, 2011

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One of the more frequent questions I receive from IBS patients is in regard to where they experience their IBS pain. The pain from IBS can be so severe that it raises anxiety regarding whether or not something else is going on. My article "Does IBS pain move and change?" will give you an overview of the pain locations that are typical for IBS. Read the article and just for fun, participate in the following polls:

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Questions and concerns about your pain? Discuss them in the IBS forum!

August 13, 2013 at 7:46 am
(1) Cat says:

Does anyone else experience IBS pain in their lower back? It feels like menstrual pain in the lower back.

August 13, 2013 at 8:07 am
(2) phylor says:

I do get pains in my lower back (and right leg) that remind me of my period pains (before surgical, then stopping hrt) menopause. This is more intermittent and could be related to other health issues such as osteoarthritis.

What I’m wondering about is the idea that lower cramps mean a) a bowel movement and b) go away after the bowel movement. Maybe it’s because I have IBS-C, but bowel movements make the pain through the small and large colon worse due to movement of trapped gas, a “stimulated” colon, and movement of material through the system just make it hurt worse.

Maybe it’s the IBS-C, but the pain is constant — cramping, burning, bloating, distended, etc. and I can no longer stand to wear any pants that aren’t super low rise. As my stomach can distend and stay distended to create at 40 inch waistline, anything closely touching this area causes more pain.

I can honestly say that since my first IBS attack in 1978, there hasn’t been a day that my IBS hasn’t caused pain. I sure hope that other folks don’t have to go this this kind of unrelenting discomfort!

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