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Old 11-25-2001, 06:57 PM   #1
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Really super painful ibs attack...help!!

I have an odd thing going on, and I wonder f anyone else has these?

2 times a year, at the same time of month, I have these horrible horrible IBS attacks. Ususally, it's triggered by going to the bathroom. ANyway, you can immediatly feel something is wrong. My abdomen felt extremely tender, and I had these sharp, very bad pains running through my abdomen when I moved. My bowls feel swollen, but they arn't. It felt like I swalloed hundereads of toothpics and tacs and they are moving through my system. Then it makes me go to the bathroom,kinda loose, and it is soooo painful, I get nausceous the pain is so bad and scary, and it even makes me cry. The pain is a 10+ (scale 1-10). Anyway, I can tell it's my muscles surrounding that area, because hot water helps and also the pain gets much better each day afterwards. I've told my doctor this, and he says it sounds like IBS. I awlays thought IBS was just a nusience, not this painful!

Maybe these are triggerd by stress. Because for 2 of them, I had one the day I graduated and another one 6 months later after my first day of a new job.

Anyway, is there anyone out there who has these, and what are they exactly? Plus right after (this is for women) my vagina inside really hurts, and my cervix is alos tender. It's really confusing, because I know everything is so crammed in down there, and your uterous and intestines and vagina are right next to eachother.

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Old 11-26-2001, 10:12 AM   #2
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Re: Really super painful ibs attack...help!!

I don't know if you've read the two or three posts I've sent in just recently, but pain with IBS is something that occurs in some people. According to my doctor and as I've explained in the posts, I have pain with mine on a daily basis. It's caused by almost continous spasms of the bowels. I take pain medication (Oxycontin) daily and on a regular basis for mine. It doesn't sound like you need this, but maybe you would want to discuss these episodes with your doctor and see what he thinks. He may give you something to have on hand when these attacks occur. Since I'm a guy I really can't relate too much to the female part of your questions. I do know that most IBS patients are female (something like 80%, I think) and a lot don't have pain like I do. From what you've described, they seem like they could possibly be stress related.

Sorry I can't help more, but I wanted you to know I do relate to what you feel when this occurs and I thinks it's worth a mention to your doctor.

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Old 11-26-2001, 03:29 PM   #3
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Re: Really super painful ibs attack...help!!

Gosh, I'm so sorry...every day. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> I did talk to my doc about it, and he never suggested pain killers, just because they don't happene very much...don'twant me getting hooked anyway. Ad plus I probably wouldn'teven take them...I'm scared of taking pills.

Did yours get worse as more time went by, by chance? Like did you just start having one once a year and soon then it was every week?

 
Old 11-26-2001, 03:59 PM   #4
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Chinadoll:
I've had IBS type problems for several years, due to stomach surgery, but the pain part of it just started one day about two years ago. I went several days with pain and then went to the doctor. They ran me through all the hoops and although they did discover a few problems (some stones in the gallblader, a cyst on a kidney, some diversticulosus, etc.) nothing that should cause the problems I was having. After everything from colonoscopys to MRIs and all the tests in between they said IBS.

I hurt every day, although some days are better than others. Normal pain for me is about a 6-8 (without meds) and with the meds I get down to about a 3-4. The pain I have is mostly in the lower left quadrant and doesn't seem to change too much with bowel movements. I am usually in the bathroom several times a day, but some days it's a lot (more than 10), until I can get it under control with medication.

I hope you're feeling better and it's a long time until you have another episode like you had. I just keep going day to day, and unfortunately, I am dependant on my medication <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">. Without it, I doubt very much if I could work or do much of anything.

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