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Readers Respond: What Does Your IBS Pain Feel Like?

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Updated October 11, 2012

Agony!

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

Terribleee!!!

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

IBS

Whenever I am cold I get very very bad stomach pains and it feels like my stomach muscles are pushing against each other. I relieve the pain by lying down and staying warm.
—Guest Anonymous

what ibs feels like

I get severe pain in my lower right abdomen. I get indigestion. I am mostly constipated but do have diarrhea flare ups. My stomach will swell and I feel very full. IBS hurts.
—Guest sue

Ovary pain

My ibs pain feels like 'ovary' pain I get it deep in my lower stomach/abdomen on both sides and the pain is excruciating. Also get bloated, look like I'm pregnant and can't go to toilet properly. Digestic tabs help for pain relief.
—Guest Sim

pain left side

My pain is on the left side and I feel bloated. I don't have diarrhea but it is soft most of the times. Once in a while it's hard and if I don't go at least for one day I really feel bloated. LOTS OF GAS PAINS & CRAMPING.
—Guest Doreena

My ibs pain

Just reading these other ibs sufferers stories, one symptom stands out: being so bloated I seriously look 6 months pregnant! Then comes usually the pains in my gut and wind for ages and then diarrhea. Iv just recently been to my GP and he said there's not much else I can do but take an antispasmodic, imodium etc. I usually find that a warm wheat bag helps but not with a nearly 3 year old full-time. I can't seem to figure out what triggers it as at the moment it's always at night :( I pray for the day they bring out something to knock all the symptoms out) lol.
—Guest Pls go away!!

It feels like...

...a period pain, only deeper and less easy to blank out of your mind. It's as if I'm being punched from the front and back of my abdomen and it puts me off any sort of food.
—Guest Anonymous

roller coaster

Lower left abdominal pain, usually occurs after I have taken Miralax to help with constipation. Then I have looser bowels that feel like pre-diarrhea. So fun. I used to be normal. Only in my 50's has my digestive tract failed me so miserably. What would life be with this constant pain and discomfort?? Fun, that's what!!
—Guest Liz

Scared

My right side hurts so bad. Doc says it's IBS but I have no other symptoms like the dreaded green rapids or when traffic is backed up on the way to the dump. It just feels tight and swollen. I have been for tests last year for same problem but all came back clear. I just was prescribed an antispasmodic. It doesn't work.
—Guest Lee992

Contractions

I have to agree with the contractions thing. Horrible contractions that at times makes me feel like I'm going to throw up as well. Cold, clammy, goosebumps, and then after I go the pain just leaves me feeling wrung out.
—Guest ravyn

LEFT

MY PAIN IS ON THE LEFT SIDE CAN SHOOT UP MY SIDE TO MY ARM PIT OR DOWN MY LEG IN TH PIT OF MY HIP...I ALSO HAVE ACID REFLUX AND IM TYPE ONE DIABETIC...I AM HOPING FOR A CURE FOR ALL OF THIS BUT AM DOUBTFUL...IF YOU KNOW YOU CANT EAT SOMETHING DONT! EVEN IF YOU CAN SOMETIMES...EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT SO DO THE ELIMINATION DIET AND KEEP A JOURNAL...DONT EAT ANYTHING THAT FEELS WEIRD OR NOT RIGHT...AND STAY AWAY FROM FAST FOOD AND SODAS!
—Guest BSIBS

So sick of ibs

Does anyone else feel sooo sick if they can't poop for even one day ?? I feel as though my stomach doesn't even remember how to push a poop out. Not to be gross, sometimes I even have to insert a finger in my butt to getting a pebble-like poop out. I'm so tired of trying all the so called remedies to make you go. Does anyone have any good advice. My doctors are useless at this point. I'm ready to check myself into the mayo clinic.
—Guest Kj

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