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In need of some reassurance!!

In need of some reassurance!!

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Posted by Janet on August 26, 2000 at 01:34:10:

Hi everyone. Usually I am busy running off with the mouth, responding to everyone's posts. Every once in a while, when I have a flare up of my own symptoms, I begin the "oh my gosh, what if it's this!" or "what if it's that?". This is when I need some reassurance. With every bout I have with "IBS" (still don't know if it's really IBS) I worry, especially about cancer. I am usually constipated, and then I will eat something (no consistencies) and have diarrhea for 2 hrs. until I am cleaned out. I also experience gas and cramping every so often. What really bothers me is this pain I get on my right side. I can't find much to associate it with. I have it when I am constipated AND when I am regular. It goes from just above my pubic bone, along the right side of my abdomon, and up around my hip bone. Sometimes my hip socket aches, and the ache runs down my whole right leg. The right side of my abdomon is sore to the touch, especially next to my belly button. I have had two ultrasounds to rule out gallstones, a barium enema, an upper GI, and lots of blood work. Everything was fine, except for some small diverticuli on the right side. I have mucus with and without my stools (sometimes by itself). For the women out there, the pain on my right side feels like ovulation pains, or a side ache (as if I have been running). My back also aches on the right. Right now my biggest fear is something gynechological, like ovarian cancer. They say this cancer can mimic IBS. I am sorry to rattle on, I realize some of you may have read my symptoms before, I just thought someone new to the board might have some suggestions or similarities. Thanks to everyone for the support. Janet



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