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01-07-2001, 07:10 PM
I am a new visitor to this site. I read in a magazine article on IBS that it can cause problems with sciatic nerve. I am having left side pain which goes into my hip and down my left leg. Has anyone with IBS had similar symptoms?

01-08-2001, 08:13 AM
YES!! I have a dull constant pain that is with me all the time on my right side, which a few years ago I thought was cysts on my ovary. After many ultrasounds which showed nothing, they "diagnosed" me with IBS, but it hasn't stopped the pain. It often goes down my entire leg, and I can't lie on that side if I sleep b/c the pain becomes unbearable. I never knew it was b/c of the nerve in the spine though. Does anyone else know if anything can be done to alleviate this horrible symptom?

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01-08-2001, 04:20 PM
Thanks for the response! My pain seems to be worse when I am about to have an "episode" with my IBS. I'm am not sure how it affects the nerve, but this is what the magazine article listed as a side effect.

Ann S
01-08-2001, 08:08 PM
What's the magazine and what issue. Would like to read it. Thanks, Ann

01-09-2001, 01:23 PM
I am very interested to know more about this nerve thing, I've been trying for years to figure out what foods cause the pain but to no avail b/c it's there all the time! There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel if it all has to do with pressure on a nerve. I wonder if there's anything that can alleviate the pain?

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01-09-2001, 05:42 PM
To Ann S.
Sorry! Unfortunately the article I read was in a waiting area while I was getting a new tire put on my car. The kids were with my husband so I was enjoying the "read time." Can you believe it? I have no idea what the magazine or article is called. I was browsing through the magazine and saw the article on IBS. It caught my attention and I read it, but have no idea what magazine it was in.

To Angeline
All I can figure is that if the bowel is distended or inflamed from the IBS that it may somehow press on the nerve. I'm not sure though. The article did not go into detail on the "how" of this side effect. Just listed it and went on.

01-10-2001, 01:45 PM
I also have lower left hand side abdominal pain - this is in fact my only symptom of IBS (which I have been diagnosed with) other than a slight problem with irregularity. The pain does extend down into my groin/hip and upper thigh area on occasion, and is a dull pain or pressure that is almost constant while I experience it. On occasion I feel a spasm or throbbing associated with it. It seems to be worst when I sit at a desk for extended periods of time. I took 2 weeks off work at Christmas this year and noticed that I felt much better with regard to this pain. I'm going to try to get up from my desk and take short walks from time to time and see if that makes it feel better. I'm another newbie - this is my first post.

01-10-2001, 06:23 PM
Interesting that walking around seems to alleviate the pain. I'll keep that in mind. I also work at a desk, but have the ability to get out and about. I was diagnosed with IBS after a colonscopy about 4 years ago. The left side pain is a newer development but does come and go.

01-23-2001, 07:57 PM
hello i have had ibs for ages and i have pains as well my advice is to not think about it and go for a walk it does help

01-23-2001, 10:58 PM
I was diagnosed with IBS about a month ago, after about a year or more of pain that was very similar to what is being described here.
My dr placed me on Librax, which of course caused symptoms of depression. So I logged on to the message board looking for answers and read a message posted by Gabriel1002, he suggested using a natural product called cold- flax seed oil. So I bought some from an herb store that I shop at and have been taking it for about 4 days now. I don't think I've felt this good in quite some time.
I drink a soy protein shake every morning so I put it in that (just in case it tastes bad). I think the key thing is making sure that the product is fresh. The manufaturer that my herbalist recommended bottles the product as they are ordered and puts a production date and an expiration date on the bottle and it's refridgerated for freshness.
Just an idea.

Good Luck
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01-25-2001, 06:33 PM
By George! LOL,i had to get out of my truck,on the Garden State Parkway one day and walk around to dull the pain! a state trooper stopped and asked me what i was doing,i felt like such a jerk <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/eek.gif">
it starts in my lower back,goes right through my butt cheek,and down my leg,i get it in both sides,but never both sides at the same time!and when it happens...forget it! sheesh! Krissy