Do I have IBS? Doctors don't know
- My symptoms began about 6 months ago and since then I have had continuous stomach and back paid every day, all day long. My family doctors sent me away for the first two months telling me I had strained my stomach or had a virus. On the third visit the doctor refused to even examine my stomach as I'd had three days of diarrhea (which had stopped the day before) "in case yiou have an accident". It took another month and a letter to the senior doctor to get to the hospital for a colonoscopy - they found three polyps and removed them and three months later I'm still waiting to hear the results. My colon was cancer free and they said "we don't know why you're in pain". No further action was prescribed! I went to another specialist who told me "you may have IBS but you will need to keep a diary for six months and see if you lose weight". Two months later I'm in daily pain throughout my stomach and back.
- —Guest MarkHev
cramp like running pain
- I was diagnosed with ibs about a year ago im 52 now and mostly im fine, I do have quite bit of bloating and what i call skinny poo as if your only getting the centre of a poo and not its crust coming out - the good thing is it comes out easily the bad thing is that eventually the build up of crust gets so bad i then become constipated and get pain. The pain begins usually under my right side just below my rib cage and is sharp and intense like a stitch you get from running - only about 10 times worse. This then sends darting pains to my stomach sometimes lasting an hour and recently into the night and still uncomfortable in the morning. The yoga stretches can help but usually only after a period of just holding myself tightly with a pillow to my tummy. I am going to try some of the visualization techniques and see if that helps - when i feel things starting to build a pattern i usually take senakot and sachets of movicol sometimes 2 at a time - this works quicker sometimes than others.
- —Guest carla123
- im 16 and have been diagnosed with ibs for 3 years now and when the pain comes on i use a pain relief called TYLEX and oh my god its heaven! it stops the pain completely, i went to my doctor and just told him straight how much pain i was in and he prescribed me them i would advise anyone with IBS to go on tylex its a life saver.
- —Guest Karris
IBS - HELP
- I've had it since Junior High and I'm 58 now. Tried everything. What was having the runs almost daily - is now constipation and when not having constipation - the runs. Mine has always been that starts in the morning. As long as I empty my bowel and don't eat anything the rest of the day I'm fine. Until the next episode, which can come whenever I eat. It's awful. People will never understand what it is like to go through this. I have had people make fun of me, laugh when I run to the restroom, just to have them giggle when I get done. It can be life changing and to have people not understand that it is not just in your mind is overwhelming. I have learned to live with it and learned throughout the years that people will be who they are and I've said that someday when they have the runs, when they are sitting there feeling that pain, they will think of me (who they laughed at) and know what I go through on a daily or weekly basis.
- —Guest Sharon
- I've had two children, so have experienced contractions and I would say the pain is the same only worse , its got so bad, I feel like calling an ambulance, feel sick and almost passed out, screaming so loud.
- —Guest bev
is it IBS?
- I don't know what i've got. But the pain is so bad its like somethings being squeezed so tight. Its all across the top bit of my stomach and lasts a while!! I get bloated quite a lot and experience constipation quite a lot too! I usually experience the pains just after eating something, what it could be!! And I have very irregular bowel movements!! What is it! I can't take this pain anymore!
- —Guest jb
Not for Wimps
- I am so frustrated with this diagnosis. I call my gastrointestinal doctor practically in tears only to be given an appointment months away and useless advice. If these doctors had a clue as to how unbelievably painful this condition can be we might get some real help. Was diagnosed in my early 20's and am now 57. Some months are good but for the past three years I have been in varying degrees of pain every day. My pain is in my upper abdomen, right below my ribcage. Bentyl gives me a little relief sometimes, but usually nothing helps. I tried some Percocet I had left over from a surgery, and that helped, but my doctors won't give me anything stronger than Tylenol. The pain is constant, burning, searing, excruciating. I'm considering trying a pain center because right now it's bad enough that it prevents me from being able to work. Please listen to us doctors - we need more than platitudes and a pat on the back. This is serious pain. Thanks for giving us this forum and please listen.
- —Guest Susan
IBS since childhood
- The worst pain I can imagine. I had my first episode at 8 yrs old in church. It hurt so bad I prayed I'd die (didn't know what ibs was yet, they thought it was a bladder infection then.) Feels like someone has twisted my intestines as tight as they will go and is still trying to twist them more. I always get sweaty and nauseous during these. Mine come quickly but intensely. I think alot of people misunderstand this condition as sort of "just a stomachache" which does not do the severity of these symptoms justice at all, and I think makes it so much harder for others to understand. I also have a hard time eating normal amounts of food, everything seems like it could be a trigger.
- —Guest Guest Maria
- i am now 21. i 'm suffering from ibs for the last 4 years and i want to convey to the ibs sufferers to take some dates along with ginger and two shilajeet capsules (an ayurvedic medicine) a day ( by the grace of almighty Allah) can beat the symptoms totally. You will find energetic and vigorous also. Thanx 'KHUDA HAFIZ'
- —Guest Muzaffar kashmiri
I Feel Your Pain
- I'm in so much pain all the time, its unreal..When i go to the gym im convinced that people can hear my stomach rumbling.. The pain is discouraging.
- —Guest Donovan
- Exactly like contractions. It lasts for days, and sometimes weeks. The latest was due to fruits I ate to fill my stomach. What a disaster! Mango, papaya, grapes, etc. all the wrong ones.
- —Guest Apnea
IBS-D Has Turned Me Into A Shut-In
- The first time it reared its ugly head, I thought I was having a panic attack. Out of the blue, a wave of nausea hit me. Then came a sharp pain that felt like someone was shoving a sword down my insides. Vision blurred so badly I could barely see. Then with cold sweat, the shakes and dizzy as hell, I felt the most urgent need to make a doodie. It was diarhhea. It ended as quickly as it started with a bowel movement, but left me really weak afterwards. And then a host of other symptoms began. A dull, throbbing pain under my left and right ribcage. Bloating. The need to run to bathroom between 8 to 12 times a day. Soiling myself in public places because I couldn't get to a bathroom quick enough. This has been my life since September 2006.
- —Guest PeaceGoesToWar
Left sided pain
- I have IBS as long as I can remember but did not have a name for it until I was around 23. Now that I have gotten older the pains have gotten worst. I have a pain on the lower left side, very low sometimes in the groin area. Pain is better when I stand or lie down but that doesn't help me at work. Most mornings I wake up some mornings having to get to the bathroom and have a small BM which happens lately. The pain can last for days or even weeks. I have to run for the bathroom at times. Mostly BM is semi soft and comes out quickly normally no cramping ( which I am thankful for) but this can happen 10x a day. some times it is like water I leaving the house is almost impossible but I practically live on Immodium which slows things down a great deal. I don't have bloating. Doctor gave me donnatol which helps slightly but actually puts me to sleep. I am now attempting a low gluten diet to see if that helps and next will be a lactose free diet. I am tired of pain?
- —Guest Janen
- Try acupuncture, it will help but not completely. I have had IBS as long as I can remember. I am 31 now but managing somehow. God has given me talents to survive and bear the pain.
- —Guest Ssiva
College Bound, But Still Bound To IBS
- I was diagnosed after 7 months of agonizing pain, 3 gastros, multiple types of medicines with varying degrees of intensity and a lackluster freshman year. Ever since then I usually get a flare up every 2 months or so, sometimes multiple if I am not eating right. I get a cramping pain in my lower abdomen that is unbearable and only Immodium and a heating pad will fix. However, I find listening to soothing music whilst on the toilet helps calm me down and stop the diarrhea. Also, whenever I get a flare, I sit in a half crouched position to ease the cramping. I'm about to leave for college and I'm nervous because I share a bathroom with 3 other guys. But my roommate understands and is supportive, and I hope the other guys are too! Oh, one last thing, recite/write poems in your head about a happy experience in your life, or write it on paper. Contrasting the stress of pain with positive thoughts reall does make a drastic difference and seriously decreases the level of pain that you can have.
- —Guest Spencer S