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#1 Sorbsy

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:23 PM

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Well, hey there, IBSers! Maybe it's that spring is in the air, but I'm back for more irritable bowel action. What I'm really looking for is people who can relate to my situation. First, a little run-down.For the last five years or so, every spring and fall I seem to develop a right side pain; at first it was under my ribs, but last fall it started much lower in my abdomen and started to really worry me. With my dad having had Crohn's disease, and Crohn's disease being so common in the ileum, this location freaks me out a lot.I have not had a colonoscopy, and god forbid it come to that -- I wouldn't handle it well due to existing complicating health conditions (blood clotting disorder, mitral valve prolapse dysautonomia). I was, however, a little more than tentatively diagnosed by a GI Joe who said I fit the bill for IBS (pain predominant), as did two GPs (both women, one with a family history of IBS-C).Here's the dilio: this pain is mild, anywhere from pinching to aching, burning to somewhat cramping, and almost always stretches from the right of my navel to my hip. In this area after eating there tends to be immediate gas bloat and spastic gurgling that rarely happens on the left. Sometimes it's soft to the touch, other times there's a massive knot of gas I need to...well, knead, actually, for it to go away. As just happened while I was typing, there will sometimes be a "snap" of gas that causes a sharper pain in the far lower right. I have additional cramping around my navel, and sometimes on the left under my ribs as well, but it's not the same quality pain as what the right side lays claim to.Sounds like I'm really splitting hairs here, but this is a daily, constant thing. My stools have been consistently (gross alert for the squeamish) soft, messy, poorly formed, smelly, bulky steatorrhea with a sandy leftover when I flush. It's a joyous day when I have something approaching formed. I also have that constant, "I might need to go in a few minutes" feeling that is never really fully realized. It's rare I have actual diarrhea, almost just as rare that I'm truly constipated.Ok, too wordy, but here's a little comic relief to make it more worthwhile! :D
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#2 Jackie T

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:18 PM

I don't have exactly the same issues you do, but similar. For the last 2 years, I have had recurring, on again off again symptoms. It started with horrible gas that just reeked - no matter what I ate, I would have massive gas attacks. There was no controlling it - I could be walking down the hall at work at it would just escape. Talk about embarassing!Then about a year and a half ago, I started having what I thought might be gall bladder pain. Right side, under the ribs. Well, I've had every test (barium swallow, abdominal ultrasound, HIDA scan, and colonoscopy). All are normal - docs cannot find anything wrong. I've not received a professional diagnosis of IBS, but I'm guessing that's what they will tell me next. My pain changes. When it's really bad, it's pretty much located in the gall bladder area. I have a lot of trouble with feeling very full after eating, bloating, the whole nine yards. I don't have IBS-D or IBS-C as far as I know, so I would guess I am pain predominant. I also have weird colored bowel movements and the shape and consistency change. Mine also look like they might have sand in them.I also feel, on my right side, like there's a ball sitting between my ribs and my waist. It just feels swollen and larger on that side. Every time I see the doctor, he palpates the area, but finds nothing out of place. I'm pretty much at my wit's end with this.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 05:17 PM

I don't have exactly the same issues you do, but similar. For the last 2 years, I have had recurring, on again off again symptoms. It started with horrible gas that just reeked - no matter what I ate, I would have massive gas attacks. There was no controlling it - I could be walking down the hall at work at it would just escape. Talk about embarassing!Then about a year and a half ago, I started having what I thought might be gall bladder pain. Right side, under the ribs. Well, I've had every test (barium swallow, abdominal ultrasound, HIDA scan, and colonoscopy). All are normal - docs cannot find anything wrong. I've not received a professional diagnosis of IBS, but I'm guessing that's what they will tell me next. My pain changes. When it's really bad, it's pretty much located in the gall bladder area. I have a lot of trouble with feeling very full after eating, bloating, the whole nine yards. I don't have IBS-D or IBS-C as far as I know, so I would guess I am pain predominant. I also have weird colored bowel movements and the shape and consistency change. Mine also look like they might have sand in them.I also feel, on my right side, like there's a ball sitting between my ribs and my waist. It just feels swollen and larger on that side. Every time I see the doctor, he palpates the area, but finds nothing out of place. I'm pretty much at my wit's end with this.

ALL of this is completely familiar to me, too! I don't get bad smelling gas though. I guess my guts threw me a bone on that one, eh? Hahah. But my guy friend has Celiac (or something very like it) and has the exact same kind of gas you described, as well as the strange coloured craps (I'm so lady-like about this, I'm sorry, hahah).My gallbladder function was 39%, and some argue that's normal, others say it's way too low. I think that matters after a while is if you feel like you have the symptoms of gallbladder disease. Doctors look for the obvious stones, but most people don't friggin' have stones and have all the symptoms and thensome. My cousin had only a small amount of sludge, good gallbladder functioning, and ended up with pancreatitis and an emergency cholecystectomy. Prior to that, she, too had been told "IBS". HMM...Oh, and I have that stiff, 'swollen' feeling under my ribs, too. It was way worse last fall, but it's always there, and always elicits the same response from doctors. But if I feel that area on other people without symptoms, it feels the same on their left and right compared to mine. It almost has to be gallbladder in that case, I'd think.It's very frustrating when it's not bad enough to take surgical measures, and not good enough to just ignore. :(
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 05:38 PM

I've given up being ladylike on this topic! We just have to be gross and deal with it. :)It's frustrating to not feel well the majority of the time. All the testing frustrates me even more because they don't find anything! Which I have to take with a grain of salt, because I'd rather there be nothing specific than something horrible. I guess that's the trade off I make in my mind to deal.I think the feeling in my side is what bothers me the most. I feel like everything is shoving up to my ribs and swelling. And only on the one side. Go figure. Try explaining these weird vague symptoms to a doctor. I love my doctor, but I think he thinks I'm nuts. We even discussed seeing a therapist for anxiety issues the last time I was there. The only anxiety I have is because I don't feel well and there is no medical answer to my problems. I don't think spending money on a therapist is going to ease that anxiety for me. If I was making myself feel that way, I would be going in a heartbeat. But I know this is not in my mind.There certainly seem to be a lot of us out here dealing with these issues. It really amazes me when I see all the people on this forum and their various problems. That Rome criteria doesn't really seem to apply for the majority of the folks out here.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 03:32 AM

I totally agree with you Jackie!! I'd like to see these Doctors and specialists go years with the symptoms of IBS, and be prodded and pocked every which way possible to spend hundreds of $$$$ on medication just to try and live a 'normal' life and to see how they handle a diagnosis of IBS time and time again. I wonder than if they'd understand the frustration that goes with living with IBS and that in a nutshell its the unknown and the casual use of the term IBS that can get you down and effect your emotions!!!!!I have been living with IBS now for 20 years, I'm 36! I have lost count of how many tops and bottoms Ive had. I am currently going through a bad attack and have had 3 weeks off of work. My pain started lower left and has now moved to predominantly lower/ mid right traveling around the the back right side. I cant lift anything heavy at the moment, sit for too long or bend over to pick something up. This attack would be my worse one to date. I am in for yet another abdom scan on Thursday. But thank you all for your comments it is sooooo comforting knowing your not alone in this crazy world of IBS.

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 07:02 PM

I'm having a very similar kind of pain, though mine seems to be centered on the right side right above my hip. It got very bad last night and I had to go to the ER, they thought it was a kidney infection but all of the tests came back fine. My doctor tested me for Chron's last week because of the location of the pain but it came back fine as well, so they sent me home with muscle relaxers and pain pills which aren't helping much. It is sooo frustrating to be in so much pain and have no answers! But on the other hand I am glad it isn't something serious, though I do just wish someone could fix it. -Amber





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