View Full Version : Please Help, is this IBS?

08-26-2011, 02:06 PM
To start off I am a 27 year old female, my dad passed away when he was 37 of colon cancer which scares me to death thinking I may end up with the disease as well.

For the past 3 years I've been experiencing bouts of awful gas pains. I get them at least once or twice a week. In 2009 I began not being able to hold my bowel movements. I'd go 4-5 times a day and once the sensation to go hit me I'd have to run to the bathroom before literally pooping my pants. The past year hasn't been as bad, I can hold it some, but when I got to go I really have to go.

Anyway, Monday before last I started getting my usual gas pains, but also had some stabbing pains in the right side of my stomach. I thought maybe it was gallstones. On Wednesday night around midnight I woke up with an awful stomach ache, felt like my tummy was full of gas and would explode. Ran to the bathroom, sat there a good 10 minutes until finally I forced myself to go and it was watery diarrhea which last about 30 minutes. Went back to bed, still had pain in right side. The next day I had horrible gas pains and also the right side pain, felt like I had to puke. Did not have a bowel movement until the following Tuesday, I took a laxative and went all day, figured I was constipated. Wed. & Thurs. I kept having the feeling that something was stuck in my butt, like the poop was right there so I kept straining myself but only had gas and clear/some light brown/and pink mucus. Right side pain stopped yesterday and I havent had it today, but have had this feeling like a bowling ball is stuck up my butt. Does this sound like IBS at all??

08-27-2011, 04:30 AM
Hi, I have similar symptoms to you but all my pain is on the left side.
I have been diagnosed with Diverticulitis. I have read pain, diarrhea, gas etc can be related to a number of conditions. You could be on the young side for Diverticulitis.
I was told by my Specialist at the Hospital that any change in Bowel movements should be investigated whatever your age and especially with your family history.
It could be IBS but don't diagnose yourself, see your Dr and let him decide.
All the best, Solofelix.

09-18-2011, 11:29 PM
A colonoscopy would tell the full story. See your doctor and organise one as soon as possible. I was diagnosed with colon cancer a year ago and was advised to make sure my two sons had colonoscopies before they turned 40. I am 73, had Stage 2, and was unable to cope with chemotherapy as I had a reaction to it. I have regular checkups and have been told I don't need another colonoscopy for three years! So go see your doctor.
Best wishes