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Readers Respond: What Does Your IBS Pain Feel Like?

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Updated October 11, 2012

My ibs pain feels like

My ibs pain feels like i've been holding a wee for a very long time! My belly really hurts if I hold a wee for too long and that's what it feels like for me even though I would have just had a wee or sometimes it can feel like I'm starving but I would have just eat.
—Guest Isla

I.b.s pains

Mine is I.B.S-C. There's four different types. Honestly i can't work out which pain is worse, when deciding between birth pain and i.b.s pain. I'd be shocked if they didn't use the same sphincter muscles. As you get contractions, sooooooo. Not sure i can even bear another round of i.b.s. I've come to the conclusion that the pain is a bit much. Why would i eat ever again, only to go through it again? It's pure evil.
—Guest SarahLund


I have suffered with this horrible disorder for over 2 years now. I have had 2 children and the pain from IBS seems to be worse. I can go for a couple of weeks without going to the washroom. The pain usually starts on my left side, but can be in my abdomen, back or right side. It feels like something is squeezing my insides, or an elastic is pulled WAY to tight inside of me. The cramps can sometimes hurt so much they will leave me breathless and in a cold sweat. I hope at some point they can find a cure for this. I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one who suffering with this. Not that I wish this on anyone else, but to know I'm not losing it!!
—Guest Donna

is it ibs

mine don't appear to be as bad like some on here, had all the tests they can't find anything wrong. dull, mild pain across low abdomen radiates up towards my kidneys and lower back, both sides, sometimes i feel like a pulse in my lower abdomen, kinda like its dancing?? abdomen tender to the touch and gets bloated, get spells of major wind and feel like i need toilet even if i've just been, nothing there though. is this ibs because nobody seems able to help me!
—Guest jon

Depressingly painful

pain in the lower left side of the abdomen, then going to the right side, then at the middle, also had an acid reflux, (but i managed it by not getting panicky,,, seems being on a panic triggers acid reflux),, i noticed that the symptoms occurs after getting stressed out specially at work,,, i always worry that i have some sort of deadly disease,,,, but doctors said all normal, blood, urine, heart, abdominal x ray normal,,, thinking of colonoscopy and endoscopy,,,, painful to the point of me wishing,, " i want my life back"
—Guest Dash

ibs pain

i was so sure my ibs pain was ovary pain. it was particularly in my right hand side but also milder in my left too. it was so low in my abdomen - i.e. at my pelvis region and on the right it goes up to underneath my ribs. i spent months worrying sick thinking of all the things that could be wrong with my reproductive organs, and had myself almost convinced i had some kind of cancer, until i finally plucked up the courage to go to the doctor who brought up the subject of ibs. i hadn't been paying any attention to my bowels as i was so convinced it was something else, but now i look back over recent months it all makes sense- onset of symptoms at a very stressful period at work, pain easing off after bowel movements, eases off when lying down too- also during a recent week off work my symptoms didn't seem as bad, i.e. less stress! have been given antispasmodics and the improvement is amazing! anyone with any tips on good foods, please share!xx
—Guest kez

Why me ?! :(

Hey everyone thank you so much for sharing this. I thought.nobody would understand me and look at me weird. I'm 15 and every time I get this it is unexpected. I take pain killers but I feel the pain for at least an hour till the pain killers kick in. I hate it. I wish nobody had this. Every time I tell one of my friends they don't know how blessed they are not to feel this shit. I have to go to.the bathroom every time I get it. I can't breath without it hurting more. After its all over I just fall back dizzy and I'm weak I barely can carry anything. I"m going to the hospital. I'm tired of this pain without warning!
—Guest Abi Elvir

is there no cure?

I've had ibs diarrhea prominent cramps for about 10 years. Some say its lactose intolerance, some say ibs, some say both. All I know is the pain comes in contractions (the closer together they are... you better find a toilet!) And the pain is unbearable. I can't describe the feeling but sharp in the intestines and it radiates. I also usually feel light headed and get cold sweats. And ladies, when it mixes with menstrual cramps...worst pain of your entire life. It is so terrible. Doctors never take me seriously because by the time I can get off the floor to see someone, the pain is gone and all tests come back normal. Sucks.
—Guest yowza

IBS is seriously going to kill me.....

As i'm sitting at my desk now, at work this pain is unbearable, it's contracting and it feels as if someones turning my big intestine...it's the worse pain ever, i hvae 2 kids and this is worse then giving birth, what can i use, anyone, pls HELP!
—Guest Cant take it anymore!

ibs pain

anyone experience sudden sharp pains right after eating and then later not only sharp pains but my whole intestine spasms and causes anxiety, with dizziness, just feel awful like I am gonna crawl out of my skin or have a heart attack, horrible.
—Guest jes

its killing me

i'be had it for 6 years, left side pain, now it start on the right side and mid back pain, sticky stool, constpation....ouch my god every day pain...what can i do...help me.
—Guest ami


Have been suffering with IBS for 6 months. Can't belive that the CT SCAN showed normal when the pain is so bad. Something must be causing it. Most of the time the pain is mild and I live with it but for the last few days have been doubled up in agony - why! This pain is mostly on the right side, generally all over the lower abdomen.
—Guest Judith

Nightmare that became reality

I'm 18 years old, and my IBS is absolutely terrible; a living nightmare. This is the worst pain I have ever experienced. I can't tell when it's going to happen, until it just does, and lasts anywhere from a couple hours to a few days. The pain is unbearable, and sometimes I even found myself screaming and crying. If I am on my feet while one of the thrashing cramps happen, I collapse. I have to be helped to the bathroom every single time this happens. The pulsing pains only last for about 20-30 seconds, and then it stops for about 2-3 minutes, and repeats that process for a long period of time. Between and after, it's like a uncomfortable soreness. I have never given birth, but I could imagine it's worse than that. I describe it as someone stabbing a jagged knife into me repeatedly while twisting. It's so bad that I've been sent to the hospital multiple times. The only relief I have found is to be distracted, which is extremely hard for me. I wouldn't wish this kind of pain on anyone!!
—Guest young sufferer


For me the worst ibs comes when im going to the bathroom. Its lower intestine pain. Its so severe at times that ill find myself haunched over crying. At times i wonder if i may need to even go to the hospital.
—Guest K

My IBS pain

I am 17, I've had this problem since I was a sophomore in high school. My pain is in the middle of my stomach, and it feels like someone is squeezing, cutting, punching ,twisting, and all of the above to my stomach. I wouldn't say that it's a "contraction" because I've never had a kid. I would say when on my period it just makes the pain worse. Also, because I have moderate scoliosis..the pain tends to go all around. I sometimes walk around with my arm pushed into my stomach, pushing it into it. For the past 3 days now I've had diarrhea no matter what I eat, mainly applesauce and chicken broth. The pain is unbearable in my stomach, it's the worse I've ever felt. Worse then when a rusted nail cut into my side, worse then a cavity. I wouldn't want anyone to go through this. I also get migraine headaches with it, and I throw up sometimes.
—Guest Angie

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