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Old 11-16-2004, 06:56 AM   #1
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Could it be irritable bowel syndrome?

Within the past 2 and a half months, I have fallen apart, health-wise. I have a sinus condition, possibly a rare blood disorder, and what I thought was an ovarian cyst or endometriosis. But upon doing some research of its symptoms, I wonder if my groin pain is being caused by IBS.

Some time ago I was experiencing some major gas, and I have a constant queasy/nautious feeling, among other problems. And I will get terrible gas pains every once in a while (in my left side, between my rib cage and my navel, and in my lower back right above my backside, around the tailbone area).


I was told, following a blood test, that I may have a condition called connective tissue disorder, and among its numerous symptoms is IBS. The pieces are slowly beginning to come together...

Has anyone ever had IBS? Can symptoms vary from person to person, or will most everyone feel basically all /most of the same symptoms? Or has anyone has connective tissue disorder and experienced IBS along with it?


Just wondering if I'm putting the pieces together correctly. I'm going out of state for a third blood test to see if I truly do have connective tissue disorder, so hopefully I can receive some clarity concerning this rare disorder.

Any advice from you guys would be very very much appreciated.


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Old 11-16-2004, 12:53 PM   #2
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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?

Old 11-16-2004, 04:32 PM   #3
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Re: Could it be irritable bowel syndrome?

Well, the only tests I have had done are a urine test and a blood test...but nothing (yet) to rule out IBS. I'm not too concerned about what the pain is, I'm only curious as to what it could be. And I know pelvic/groin pain is about as generic a symptom as you can say.

But I visited a specialist today and he ordered a different blood test and a 24-hour- urine test (because I had a lot of protein in my urine and he thinks it could be a sign of a connective tissue disorder of sorts). I'll keep you updated on any changes O.o


But thank you, shadowrose40, for your help. I was acutally glad not to see a one-line reply. Thanks for being so in-depth ^-^


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