Re: Could it be irritable bowel syndrome?
HI Connective Tissue Disease, if that is what you have?? is an autoimmune disease. It's often accompanied by other autoimmune diseases, which makes the diagnosis hard to pin down.
It's not really a blood disorder, it's more a disease of the connective tissue itself. It's diagnosed with a bunch of blood tests, though. At one point, I was diagnosed with undifferentiated mixed connective tissue disease. Meaning, a lot of mixed up symptoms, of a bunch of different disorders, lol.
now, on to your question. The symptoms of IBs, which I've had for over 20 years include abdominal cramping, bloating, diarreahea (I know I spelled that wrong, for some reason, the spelling escaped me) sometimes nausea. The symptoms come and go. The diarreahea comes and goes. As does the constipation.
But, the flank pain you are describing can ALSO be seen in a few other things- like kidney stones, kidney infections, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. (I've had all of them over the years, unfortunately)
IBS is also more likely to cause pain in the lower abdomen than in the upper abdomen region, that that's not by any means a hard and fast rule, as my pain from it tends to go all over the place.
Intestinal infections can also present with some of the same symptoms you have.
Not everyone has the same IBS symptoms, of course.
But they should be testing to be sure exactly what is going on, not just assuming that it's IBS.
I also have almost constant nausea, and have to take reglan to keep it at bay. But gall bladder disease can also cause it.
What tests have they done?