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Readers Respond: What Does Your IBS Pain Feel Like?

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Updated October 11, 2012

Everyone experiences IBS pain differently. Describe for us what IBS pain feels like to you. Descriptive phrases that really capture the pain experience can be useful as a starting point for guided imagery for pain relief. Share your experiences and find out what IBS pain feels like to other people.

My ibs feels like....

Contraction pains!!!!! It's very similar... A building wave of intense squeezing pain and it lasts for a long time .... I always feel desperate to stop the pain.
—Guest Hurtin jo

My IBS Pain Feels Like

Contractions too!! I describe it as contractions, and the bundle of joy is the RELIEF, I get once it is over!
—Guest Need Relief

IBS pain feels like

CONTRACTIONS for sure! Thoughts of wanting a epidural go through my head when it hits. INTENSE cramping in waves, hours of labor and finally it is OVER!
—Guest Make it go away

IBS

I get so much gas and cramping every time I eat. Having a bowel movement helps but I am constipated most of the time. Pushing to go hurts also. My whole stomach is sore to the touch and I get low back aches. A heating pad on low seems to help some.
—Guest Linda

Medical Marijuana

Ive recently been cursed with IBS and my doctors could not quite pin point what I had, IBS sadly enough seems to run in my family on my mothers side; my mother has crohn's, my grandmother has colitis, and my great grandmother died of colon cancer. I haven't received any medication only over the counter drugs like peppermint oil and tums which seem to work but only to an extent. I have done lots of research on my condition and symtoms (Inflammed intestines, sharp pains in back and lower abdomain, morning sickness and nausea) and I found that marijuana is the blessed savior to this terrible ordeal. Sadly enough though my state (PA) doesnot allow medical marijuana yet so I only can use hemp oil which helps but not as much as marijuana oil would (Different process, more pain relief ect.), so in the mean time look up Esdifan, this natural supplement is used to relief cronic diariah and pain. It's taken with food (1-6, I take 6) and is digested with it to help it move through ur body painfre
—Guest The Governor

Medical Marijuana

Ive recently been cursed with IBS and my doctors could not quite pin point what I had, IBS sadly enough seems to run in my family on my mothers side; my mother has crohn's, my grandmother has colitis, and my great grandmother died of colon cancer. I haven't received any medication only over the counter drugs like peppermint oil and tums which seem to work but only to an extent. I have done lots of research on my condition and symtoms (Inflammed intestines, sharp pains in back and lower abdomain, morning sickness and nausea) and I found that marijuana is the blessed savior to this terrible ordeal. Sadly enough though my state (PA) doesnot allow medical marijuana yet so I only can use hemp oil which helps but not as much as marijuana oil would (Different process, more pain relief ect.), so in the mean time look up Esdifan, this natural supplement is used to relief cronic diariah and pain. It's taken with food (1-6, I take 6) and is digested with it to help it move through ur body painfre
—Guest The Governor

living hell

hi Ive had ibs for about 13yr but its been getting worse as yrs has passed been for camera up showed nothing n all dr says is its ibs am unwell 24/7 i have the runs most of the time and suffer from anxiety cause of it which stops me leaving house cos am scared i wont make the toilet in time it has ruined my life. theres a lot of food i cant eat cos it sets my ibs off spice,msg,veg ect n been getting that tight knotting pain in left side which feels like someone is twisting bowel over n over no ibs tablets work they are a load of crap does any1 no how i can get rid of that pain please been really ill today with it my immune system is low with my ibs n catch everything thats going around
—kenzielou30

Cramps are a nightmare

I was recently diagnosed and at least I know there really is a reason I have had this pain for some time. The cramps are so bad I feel like I am in labor again. I just got done crying from a bout of cramps and the inevitable diareaha. Dairy and gluten are horrible foods. I made the mistake today and the horrid gurgling sound signals I am in for more pain. I was just doubled over wishing it would stop. Oh, and the bloating. Sometimes no matter what I seem to eat, I get bloated. The bloat is so bad I look slim in the morning and 4 months pregnant after breakfast. Sometimes I feel nauseous and then other times the EXCRUCIATING pain. My labor of 2 children was not as bad. I just lay down or sit grabbing what I can to brace for the pain. Then I sweat and get so tired like I just gave birth with nothing to show for it. The burping is so embarrassing, but I can't help it. Sometimes burping doesn't even help,; I still will feel bloated with a hard stomach. Stay strong friends.
—Guest melani

IBS

It is the most uncomfortable you have ever had, cramping, diarrhea, constipation. Bloated. There is a new pill called lizapena it really helps not sure if I have it spelled correctly Really good and helps. Exercise and food changes. I have had for 15 years and no medication. I do it naturally but thinking of the new pill that. Has come out. Great reviews
—Guest linda Andetson

What ibs feels like to me

I feel as if I have been socked very hard in my upper abdomen, so very painful I can't walk upright and end up a lot in the Er room
—Guest Christine

worst pain ive ever felt

Every once in a while (can't pinpoint a certain type of food that triggers it) i get these extremely painful contractions that feels like someone is grabbing my intestines and squeezing them as hard as they can. I get sweats, chills, dizziness and sometimes vomiting until several pains and gurgles later i have diarrhea. These are by far the worst pains ive ever had (even more painful than my twin pregnancy and c-section/recovery). Sometimes i will get them weekly and others monthly or every couple of months. I haven't been able to pinpoint a certain food doing it because ill be fine one time and not the next. I dont want to deal with this again (just literally had one), let alone for the rest of my life.
—Guest kayla

Sharp Pains HOURLY

Mine started 3 years ago, it started off as sharp stabbing pains low near my ovaries, near ovulation And was diagnosed as ovulation pain, then drs discovered I was pregnant and thought it was an ectopic pregnancy so done emergency surgery to have a detailed look but found nothing, it turned out as a miscarriage not an ectopic. I have it every single day all day long, I have 3 children and this pain is unbearable, I have been rushed to hospital by ambulance over 80 times in 1year until I gathered myself that it could be ibs, no dr has diagnosed it and the drs from our digestive diseases department sent me to gynaecology saying its gynaecological and after 2 more laparoscopies they've finally said it's not any gynaecological problems And must be my bowels which is very frustrating for me, I now have no trust in any health professionals and I'm on antidepressants And anti anxiety medications AND strong strong painkillers while breastfeeding (which drs said is safe and my baby is fine)
—Guest Teezarh

My IBS symptoms

My IBS pains feel like I'm being stabbed through my vagina. I get cramplike contractions so severe sometimes that I have to brace myself! As fast as the cramps approach they disappear!
—Guest Denise

upper middle stomach hurt

For years the middle of my stomach near my chest hurts so badly as if I have a huge stone blocking the airway. Now it's like that even when I way up. I had several test done and no one seems to know what is the problem! HELP!
—Guest Fran

Balloon

(continued) And for me, I mainly experience the painful gas and bloating part of IBS. I don't have constipation or diarrhea that often. Although I do have many bowel movements during the day if I'm at home for most of it. Many times if I'm at home I will eat something and then 20 minutes later I will need to go to the toilet. I notice that if I drink soda I'll have gas pains later in the night. So if I want to drink soda I stir all of the bubbles out but even then I still get gas pain sometimes. I haven't been formally diagnosed with IBS but I think it fits my symptoms.
—Guest Isis

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