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Not sure if I have ibs or something else?

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Old 05-28-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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Not sure if I have ibs or something else?

Hi, I am new to this site. I've been having trouble with abdominal pain lately. I have always had trouble with constipation. Recently within the last year/year and a half, I have noticed a lot more cramping, even when I know I am not constipated. I have tried fiber supplements, but the cramps become worse. I then tried a probiotic called sustenex. Helped at first, then stopped. Now I drink a lot more water, and eat a lot more fiber than I ever have before. My stools are no longer as hard to pass, but I get horrible cramps, to the point I can't stand up straight, and they last from anywhere between a couple minutes to almost an hour. I have cramps/ aches after bm's that last for awhile. Usually the pain is all over, sometimes more towards my left side. This happens every day, sometimes multiple times a day. Unfortunately, I have horrible anxiety and it just makes the pain worse because I panic. I have tried peppermint oil capsules to stop the pain when it comes on for no reason. It isn't really helping. I still have to strain to pass stool even though it comes out soft. I have been worrying about this for a long time. Not sure if I should see a doctor and get tested to be safe or what is wrong. Idk if I have ibs, or something else? Any advice would be great.

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