From the article: IBS and Weird Symptoms
Many IBS patients experience symptoms in other parts of the body than the intestines that may be associated with their IBS. These symptoms can be digestive, like nausea and heartburn, or totally unrelated to the digestive system, such as headaches and frequent urination. Sadly, these symptoms are often minimized by healthcare professionals. Share your symptoms here and find out what other symptoms IBS patients find themselves dealing with. Share Your Experience
ibs associated with left sided numbness
- I was diagnosed with ibs for about 26 years. My symptoms is all pain all day long 24 hrs in my transverse colon. I don't have a diarrhea or constipation but my stool is loose. My left sided body senses a decrease of sensitivity of heat, pain and touch etc. I also have chronic pain at my left side of my head was wondering is there anyone experiencing such symptoms with me.
- —Guest rulai2013
don't give up
- About 40 odd years ago I had stomach aches and after all sorts of medication I was sent to the hospital several times over the years for all sorts of examinations, nothing was found, about 15 yrs ago my GP said I was a hypochondriac or it could be IBS. I had a pain in my right lower abdomen, but he insisted there was nothing there. About 4 years ago I was diagnosed with abdominal cancer and operated, I was also given chemo, which have given me extreme side effects. I still have many of the symptoms mentioned by fellow sufferers, and one can imagine the stomach bloating after having the surgery it is worst in the morning. Every morning I do an hours gymnastics including 100 sit-ups, I go for a long walk every day, I can now get my toilet visits down to twice a day 8 and 11 o clock although I must urinate up to 10 times a day once at night. I do mix fibers in my breakfast and keep away from raw vegetables. The IBS symptoms have not gone away but somewhat reduced.
- —Guest Sam
- I have been having IBS for the last two years and counting and I'm only 20! I feel dizzy, flushed and even eating a little I need to go to the toilet. The tablets they gave me stopped my regular visits to the bathroom, I preferably have to go 3-4 times then feel hungry again. I stopped eating oily foods and only eat at rare times. I feel I need the toilet more often than I think even for a wee. I'm a vegetarian and don't know what caused this! All my foods come out so there is no fuel left inside me! My doctor said I got IBS symptoms and it's natural but it's very painful at times.
- —Guest Roshni
- My ibs has been with me since childhood. Pain, gas attacks, diarrhea and sudden episodes that it was so painful, thought i would pass out. Forward 30 years and it changed. Now i am totally constipated, get nervous after eating, pressure and bloating in chest and abdomen and feel like i cant breath. If i bend over to tie my shoes, a muscle twists in my right rib/sternum area. Sometimes i feel strange and my upper body feels tingly especially in my face and i get light headed. Weird! This has caused me to look into alternative means and i have.
- —Guest Diane
Dull headache with IBS
- I often get a dull headache when I am having an IBS attack. I always thought that was strange and looked to various sources of information to see if anyone else experienced this. Most of the time, I never found any article that confirmed it. So it is good to have it confirmed here.
- —Guest Karen
Upper abdominal pressure
- Daily upper abdominal pressure and constant burping in evenings.
- —Guest BH
- Have you guys checked out your bowels for ibd? Like crohn's.
- —Guest apan
- wake up bad wind soon as I stand up have to go to the toilet, have to go 3or4 times before I can go out, pain, dizzy legs like jelly. painful stomach and feeling sick, I keep trying meds, now on peppermint tabs life sucks, tried all kinds of tablets and fybojel sachets, they do help but not for long. now having stomach cramps, but what I have found that helps is light exercise, it seems to move the wind out which is a relief. I just hope a doc can suggest something, I thought it was an allergy, but I could not narrow it down to a specific food but I have stayed well away from spicy food and food with rubbish in it, that a trial on its own. I think its back to proper food and not mass produced crap.
- —Guest gary
- I found out I had ibs 2 weeks ago. my belly is constantly making noises and I have constantly got diarrhea. I also feel shaky and feel weak. Is this right?
- —Guest natalii
Influence of diet
- After years of suffering from IBS and diverticular disease I've found some relief from changes in diet. I've avoided all wheat for nearly a year and dairy for two years. This has been difficult as wheat is in so many things, including many alcoholic drinks and packaged foods. Cutting dairy hasn't been so much of a problem as I've found almond milk a reasonable substitute (and you must maintain calcium intake). It's been worth the effort in terms of minimizing the IBS symptoms and getting back some sort of a life. I still have bad bouts, but it's generally after eating out or at friends. I now cook from scratch at home. It's expensive, but so is sitting at home being ill and losing years of work. I also know people here in the UK that have gained relief from cutting out gluten and alcohol from their diets rather than wheat and dairy. Like most things, it's a matter of trial and error and finding what works for you.
ibs mixed symptoms
- Feeling hungry but when I eat irritates tummy...other days can't eat...Headaches...back ache...frequent needs to wee...Hot & cold like a fever...Tired yet too unsettled to sleep...Can go on for days at a time...Never know when its going to happen....
- —Guest shelley
- In my last writing,'oh, they just want $ on their CBT couch' that was written incorrectly. I wish this site had a preview before submit. Nevertheless, after many years of dealing with IBS and having dealt with CBT on a personal and professional level regarding IBS for myself and clients I cared for, I have come to believe that CBT for some people, perhaps those who are completely ignorant of the bowels natural function may befit from the information provided; a bowel regime, diet, adjustment, etc...But what CBT doesn't seems to muster is the truth of IBS, where no matter what amount of training, diet changes, medications, etc.. IBS is difficult if not unable to control. Bowel regimes don't stop the bloating, pain, gas, constipation/diarrhea or fecal incontinence. Diets might work for some and what worked today might not work the next day. CBT will say "control your bowel,' How? It is an involuntary muscle, much like the lungs, you can't stop breathing completely, unless you're dead .
- —Guest Maria
- In my write-up I wrote 'CAN' eat anything, what I meant was 'CAN'T.' For me to have an outing I fast the day before and the day of the outing, I am restricted in my movements because of the accompanying bowel issues. I have tried many different remedies and diets, I need to fast. Even with fasting I still need to wear attends. I was embarrassed to require attends at first but I slowly adjusted. My family does most of the out of home chores. I have soiled myself in public, it is embarrassing. All though I have had IBS for a long time the frequency, incontinence and consisted diarrhea changed to daily bouts from monthly/weekly bouts where it was a bit more manageable. I have adjusted to no social/love life. Its sad to have young people who are IBS shut-ins. Unfortunately, our social stigma doesn't help, 'pass gas in public,' never mind other bowel issues. Teach our kids to allow the natural bodily functioning without a stigma, save them a bit of pain, especially those afflicted with IBS.
- —Guest Maria
IBS since a child
- I remember being 4 with my first bout of IBS. My grandchild also has it, her first bout with it started right after she contracted a bacteria which she was hospitalised for at age 2. I have never really had constipation, I have always had frequent bloating, gas, cramps, and diarrhea, I have been diagnosed with IBS by several tests. I will not go for another, a colonoscopy was the last test I was willing to do and never again. For me as I aged the IBS became more intense. Having to be extremely cautious of when and what I eat. I can no longer work as often I am incontinent due to the frequency, looseness of the stools, and I am very stiff after short periods of immobility. I do have migraines, back pain, joint pain and swelling, AF. Right now sitting here I feel as though I am having a heart attack in my stomach. If I need to see my doctor, I can eat anything the day before or eat/drink anything the day of, or I will not be able to leave my home. I get help from my family.
- —Guest Maria
- It surprises me where "people/professionals" note and/or questions the association of other symptoms linked with IBS. First of, perhaps one shouldn't think they are linked but that these other symptoms are a by product of the IBS. Cramps during the night, toilet runs during the night, hum "scratch my head; why do I have a headache, duh. Diarrhea, diarrhea anyone for the next few days, "oh, I feel nauseated, hum, I wonder why, oh could it be?, my digestive system, my bowels are so inflamed that anything I eat comes right out, even to the point of incontience, can't even get through my home from one place to another, let alone work, feeling a little stressed, duh! All the other systems come with IBS because the IB is the underlying cause. I wish people/doctors/professionals would drink a heavy duty laxative to see how they would feel during the process and repeat. Then see a CBT to assist them, perhaps with a bowel regime, hold it, it's not 4 p.m. Oh, they just want $ on the CBT couch.
- —Guest Maria
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