Advertisement

Jump to content


Photo

Left side pain, IBS-C

left side ache ibs-c dull ache abdominal and back pain

  • Please log in to reply
20 replies to this topic

#1 BG412

BG412

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Country:United States

Posted 24 June 2013 - 12:14 PM

Advertisement

I am 26 and I have been dealing with a dull ache in my left side for about 6 months now.  It started as a sharp ache, in which I went to the gyno and got an ultrasound - all clear.  He mentioned it could just be constipation, which I believed because I have always had issues with constipation.  However, the dull ache is pretty constant now, and my mind starts to assume the worst. About 2 months ago I got blood work and urinalysis done - all normal.  My GP referred me to a GI who told me I had IBS-C without doing any tests.  She had me do the prep for a colonoscopy (yuck!) just to clear out my system, then start taking miralax everyday to have a BM daily.  The miralax has helped with BMs, but makes me bloated and gassy sad.png.  The worst part for me is the constant dull ache on my left side - usually right below my ribs.  The pain sometime makes my back hurt right below my ribs as well.  I am set to have a sigmoidoscopy in a few days - not looking forward to it, but hoping for some answers.  

 

Does anyone else have the same symptoms?  I appreciate knowing I am not alone!!


  • krys92 and Thomas Gaitan like this


Advertisement

#2 DbabyWallace

DbabyWallace

    Regular Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 38 posts
  • Country:United States

Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:44 PM

Advertisement

Well you are not alone, so in the pain you can rest in that. : ) I had to reply to your post... No one had replied to you yet, and I know for me... I always am checking mine hoping for a response! Haha 

 

I am not familiar with the type of pain you have, but I am VERY familiar with Miralax and the clean outs doctors always recommend. I was told by my doctor that I could use laxatives as they were the only thing that helped me have a BM. I got super addicted to those and they quit working. I then used Miralax over the period of a year every night and my fatigue and bloating got SO SO bad. I told my doctor it made my IBS symptoms worse and they didn't believe me. So trust your body in regard to what you think is good for it. It sounds like you simply struggle from constipation, but the Miralax makes you have the bloating/gas that often comes with IBS. Don't accept the diagnosis yet if you don't want to. ; ) You might benefit from a probiotic... My friend calls them "poop" pills. They give you the good bacteria your system needs and help cut down on the bloating and gas. If you get a probiotic, get one with AT LEAST 2 billion per capsule. Many of them need to be refrigerated. If this doesn't help with the constipation, it may really help with the bloating. This link has more info: http://whole9life.co...probiotics-101/

 

Miralax works as an osmotic laxative. It is not absorbed into the body (hence, they say it's not addictive). It draws lots of water into the intestines and helps give you the urge to go. I ALWAYS am SO bloated after taking it though, like you. I think the bloating comes because it is an OSMOTIC laxative?? It makes me nauseous as well, so I always have to take nausea medication when I use Miralax. Miralax DEHYDRATES you also btw due to its osmolality; it also depletes your electrolytes. Hydrate yourself EXTRA after using this. Maybe drink a Life Water or something that contains electrolytes.

 

To summarize.. Maybe look into probiotics if you haven't already?? Also, greek yogurt with "live and active cultures" on the ingredients list are good sources of good bacteria. This is the only food I can eat without getting pain and becoming substantially bloated. Kombucha is a fermented green tea that is also SO good for you. It has lots of good bacteria in it. The more good bacteria you can give yourself the better. Diet plays a huge role in constipation. The cleaner you eat, the better. Lots of fiber (fruits and veggies, eat the peal! hehe) AND water.  

 

Take care of yourself. Keep posting to keep us updated. Good luck friend! Hope the dull pain and aching goes away. : ( 



#3 Double Trouble

Double Trouble

    Regular Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 57 posts
  • Country:United States

Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:09 PM

Advertisement

 

I am 26 and I have been dealing with a dull ache in my left side for about 6 months now.  It started as a sharp ache, in which I went to the gyno and got an ultrasound - all clear.  He mentioned it could just be constipation, which I believed because I have always had issues with constipation.  However, the dull ache is pretty constant now, and my mind starts to assume the worst. About 2 months ago I got blood work and urinalysis done - all normal.  My GP referred me to a GI who told me I had IBS-C without doing any tests.  She had me do the prep for a colonoscopy (yuck!) just to clear out my system, then start taking miralax everyday to have a BM daily.  The miralax has helped with BMs, but makes me bloated and gassy sad.png.  The worst part for me is the constant dull ache on my left side - usually right below my ribs.  The pain sometime makes my back hurt right below my ribs as well.  I am set to have a sigmoidoscopy in a few days - not looking forward to it, but hoping for some answers.  

 

Does anyone else have the same symptoms?  I appreciate knowing I am not alone!!

 

I get left sided pain when my colon is in spasms or when I am about to need to have a BM. Usually this happen about anywhere from 5-30 minutes before I need to move my bowels. If I haven't moved my bowels in more than 3 days in a row then it's usually trapped gas behind the backed up BM and once I have moved my bowels and am expel the trapped gas then the pain goes away. This pain can just be plain trapped gas pains.

 I can tell you what I have done in the last two years to relieve my chronic constipation problems without consulting a doctor's advice.

      1. Drink at least 64 oz. a day of water.

      2. Eat a high fiber diet 25-30 grams a day.

      3. Take Citrucel in the morning with breakfast and then in the evening with dinner.

      4. Have a daily schedule for moving your bowels. Give yourself up to 30 minutes to sit on the toilet and relax by reading or listening to relaxing music.

      5. Do not strain or force to move your bowels. Take slow deep breaths and hold it to the count of 15 and slowly exhale through pursed lips. Keep repeating this cycle until you have been able to move your bowels. If you are having daily BM's then it should only take 5-10 minutes to have BM. I have found this to be painless way to move my bowels .I do not allow yourself to go more than 2 days in a row without moving my bowels. If I do then I use a glycerin suppository to help me to get me to go. I rarely get constipated anymore unless I get real lazy with my daily routine.

       I hope this will help you like it has for me. It's such a relief not to have to strain, force and use enemas to move my bowels on a regular basis and to go like nature intended it to be.



#4 krys92

krys92

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Country:United Kingdom

Posted 01 May 2014 - 05:39 AM

Advertisement
Hey I have the exact same symptom and would like to talk to you if possible about the condition please would u email me at kryst.nicolaou@hotmail.com look forward to hearing from me and would appreciate it a lot thanks xxx

#5 krys92

krys92

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • Country:United Kingdom

Posted 01 May 2014 - 06:44 AM

Advertisement
Sorry I ment krystal.nicolaou@hotmail.com

#6 Perseus

Perseus

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 19 posts

  • IBS Penpal
  • Country:United States

Posted 09 May 2014 - 06:19 PM

Advertisement

I have left side pain too. It started this past December or January when I was really stressed. Came on very suddenly and severely. I told my doctor about it during a yearly physical this past April and asked for a sonogram. He told me a few reason's why a sonogram wouldn't be helpful. Felt around the area said everything felt fine and that's it. Labs from that visit show slightly elevated bilirubin which he's also not concerned about. He is however treating me for SIBO and I've been on antibiotics for a week, but the pain is still there - I think all the time, but it's turned into a dull pain. I tried to figure out what's in that area, but can't tell if it's liver, spleen or stomach. I've had high platelets in the past (he hasn't worried about that either).

 

Have you been able to get help/relief for your pain? Found the source?



#7 rustad

rustad

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Country:United Arab Emirates

Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:36 PM

Advertisement

Hi. 53 year old male here. New to the site and would like to say Hi to all. 

Similar to the OP I've been seeing my gastroenterologist for about 3 weeks now due to dull ache under my final rib, left side around splenic flexure which also moves at will to near my breastbone and down to level with my navel, left side and around my back. Additionally, I have had loose BM's off and on, though never strange in colour. Originally, Doc diagnosed gastro infection which triggered my IBS. I took some antibiotics and Duspatulin Retard he prescribed for about 5 days and all they did was make me feel worse. I went back again 1 week later and he ordered blood tests and ultrasound. I did that about 4 days ago. Blood tests were normal and all results from ultrasound on all organs were clear. GE doctor maintains it's a 'tropical infection' (I live in the Middle East, though I am Irish by birth). Now on Zantac, spasmomen (otilonium bromide) for cramps, and Gastrex for blocked gas. Thus far, not much difference noticed but it's only been 2 days. 

 

Because of my IBS, I had a colonoscopy 18 months ago which was all clear and normal. However, today, after forever in the bathroom to pass a BM, I produced only a very small, hard, dark and rather 'cardboard' like piece of stool no bigger than the top of my thumb. As odd as it sounds, it was almost like a cat's fur ball. The pain under my rib is gnawing at me still plus my temperature is up half a degree to 37C (98.6F) today with occasional hot flashes (the new meds?). Blood pressure is up too 134/74 and I am normally bang on 125/70

Thing is this - an IBS attack for me has usually been about 3-5 days in the past and not that severe, thank goodness. So, this feeling is odd now for a month. Worried this may be more than an infection given that odd dark stool today. Especially worried if my colonoscopy did not pick up something serious last time. Any ideas please? Thank you and hello again to all.



#8 sonarfred

sonarfred

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts
  • Country:United States

Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:37 PM

Advertisement

It has been a while since your last post.  I was wondering if you ever got a good diagnosis.  My symptoms match your description to the letter.  I have had CT Scans, x-rays, ultrasound, etc.  I think the most puzzling thing about the symptoms is that it is everyday in the same region (just under the ribs on the left side and sometimes a sore back).  I am a mid-50 year old male so that is different from you.  Also in my imaging I discovered that I was born without a left side kidney so it is not related to my kidney.  My spleen, pancreas and gall bladder appear to be normal.  Anyhow, I hope to hear from you and I hope your problem has been resolved by now.



#9 hydrozen

hydrozen

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

  • IBS Penpal
  • Country:Canada

Posted 27 May 2015 - 09:48 PM

Advertisement

32 year old male here. I’ve been dealing with something like this for the last 10 years on and off. The epicenter of the incomfort (I call it that because it’s not like a burning pain or a stinging or anything, just feels like something is stuck or contracted a little under the surface of my left side... but it gets painful after a while) is under my lower left ribs. After a while the incomfort radiates a bit to my left hip and my back because it messes up my posture when I’m sitting because I’m never comfortable. It’s a little less annoying when I’m standing up but not by much. I can "touch" it both from the front or the back. I’ve had all tests done over 10 years ago and they ended up giving me an anti-depressant that made the incomfort go down tremendously somehow... but it seems less and less effective as I’m now in a non-stop episode since like 3 months and I’ve had like two 3 weeks episodes last year so it’s not going well right now.

 

I was never diagnosed with IBS per say by a doctor or gastroentologist, and nothing helps anymore. If anything, I might have IBS-C because I usually have less BM when it’s bad... and I often feel like my BM are slightly incomplete. But I never have constapation in the sense that I feel like I have to go but can‘t get anything out.

 

When I wake up it seems less intense, but it doesn’t take long to come back to the regular incomfort. Sometimes I feel like when I have BM makes it worst afterwards instead of better. I don’t really feel like it gets worst when I eat, it doesn’t seem to go away if a fast for a medical test and the ache is constant when it starts and usually lasts weeks or months, driving me nuts. The GE I saw said it was probably psychosomatic and anxiety related and stuff... but it seems odd to me that anxiety could cause pain for such a long period of time. There’s no way that I’m in a constant panic attack for months is there?

 

I have a nasty curve (scoliosis) to the right of my lower back, so maybe it messed up my nervous system and my brain creates that fake pain for no reason? I’ve had some xrays done again today to show a chiropractor but I think he’s just after the money. He said the region I’m pointing as the epicenter is too high to be intestinal-related, but from what I can see from anatomical diagrams that spot is pretty much where the big intestine curves back down...

 

I never had my stomach checked out though... although I’m guessing if it was in the stomach I’d feel it’s worst after eating?

 

Anyways, just wondering if anybody in this thread got some ideas or relief somehow. I’m not sure how I held up for a year 10 years ago with this non-stop, I was always hoping they would find the problem so I guess hope was my will to not let down, but right now I’m on work leave partly because of this and I’m really worried because I don’t see how I can learn to cope with this sad.png I’m always angry and have a hard time focusing on anything.



#10 Davef

Davef

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Country:United Kingdom

Posted 21 August 2015 - 04:11 AM

Advertisement

I am new to this forum but can see many parallels with my own health condition. I am a 57 year old man who has suffered stomach problems since childhood.

 

As a child/teenager, I had a colonoscopy and barium meal x-ray as I suffered badly from stomach ache. Nothing was ever found that was considered serious and over the years I got used to being told that it was 'probably' IBS as any other things had been ruled out. An endoscopy done around 20 years ago got me no further and I have got used to putting up with the pain whenever it intensifies. At some time, I was told that I had an elevated level of bilirubin but did not know if this was relevant.

 

About 2 years ago, the pain became worse again and was located on my left side towards the hip bone. More tests were done - another colonoscopy (revealed some small amount of diverticular disease and 2 benign polyps which were removed), a CT scan and some ultrasound tests.

 

All in all, nothing new was really discovered until I had a blood test which revealed that I had Coeliac Disease. This was confirmed by another endoscopy and I have been on a Gluten Free diet ever since. Sadly, however, my pain has not gone away like I was hoping after the initial shock of having to eat GF on a permanent basis.

 

If anything, the pain is worse now than ever and yet nothing shows up in any scan or test. I was prescribed Amitriptyline but this made little or no difference.

 

I am very interested in the comments of everyone here as we all seem to have very similar symptoms and also are facing similar problems in finding a cure.

 

I was hoping to get guidance towards finding a solution from my doctor or the other specialists that I have seen, but it ends up as having to do your own investigation all the time and then trying by trial and error any possible solution that someone else suggests.

 

I still cannot believe that there is no form of scan that can show what might be causing a source of intense pain.



#11 Leo41

Leo41

    Prolific Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 568 posts

  • IBS Penpal
  • Country:United States

Posted 27 August 2015 - 01:49 PM

Advertisement

Dave...

 

I encourage you to read through my entire thread to see if there is a similarity. My pain is lower left at the hipbone. From a dull ache to sharp, killer spasms that will drop you. If you suffer the same I have done many things to help this, and improved my condition.

 

http://www.ibsgroup....r-some-answers/



#12 BobbyLight

BobbyLight

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Country:United States

Posted 23 October 2015 - 08:03 AM

Advertisement

I have the exact symptoms to that of OP.  I went in for an x-ray the other day (per doctor's suggestion) because he thought it was something musculoskeletal.  I thought it was going to be a complete waste of time and money.  Turns out I have a bone spur on my left hip (thus suggesting where the pain is coming from).  I am looking into meeting with an orthopedic hip specialist.  Might be something to consider.



#13 LEON_FOONMAN

LEON_FOONMAN

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 14 posts
  • Country:Pitcairn

Posted 11 November 2015 - 08:34 PM

Advertisement

Ooo Ooo I got it!

 

I joined your group just to reply to this....

 

I have MS and recently was diagnosed with a prostate infection...

 

This led to month long Ciproflaxin treatment, that killed my good bacteria in my gut. This led to incredible constipation, bloating and OMG...

Cipro on top of Copaxone, Methadone, Hydrochlorothiazide, lisinopril, amlodopine...yikes....

I got Such a Reaction! Yuck, dizziness, brain fog, then, the dreaded can't poop issue, like really bad. 

 

So, I gave up all crap food, and became a veggies , nuts, fruit guy, guzzling prune juice.....and things sort of loosened up, but the Gas was bad, we are talking Major Farts, just spectacular really. Boomers and that sort of thing.

 

Not fun, because this started making the slight pressure I had been feeling in my LOWER LEFT BACK, just to the side of my coccyx sort of, turn in to some mild, then moderate pain.

 

"OH No! Now I have Kidney Failure!"  is what came to mind. Really... I don't want to die anytime soon...

 

I talked to my doc, my urologist, my neuro and none of them had any thing better than" try Miralax.".. Really? It's not good to use stuff like that to cover up problems, and the pain is a big deal, NO?

 

OK, so I got serious and spent 4 hours using my best boolean search skills and found a discussion group where someone was experiencing the same basic issue...

 

And what was it?  Gas, trapped in my transverse colon, which just happens to take a sharp turn, right where the pain in my left lower back has been.

 

So, as it turns out .....I was aggravating it with fruit, fiber and trying all the home remedies for constipation.

In fact, I made a giant pan of bean soup the other day, and it almost crippled me...

 

So here it is a few days later, and I have cut the fruit and excessive rabbit food down, and am trying to just eat normally. In fact I went to my favorite burger place and had a cheese burger today. Nice. No issues so far, either.

The pain has slowly receded with the farting, bloating, gradually easing. 

 

My theory;

I think in this case, the cure was the disease. That Cipro, with the Flomax, and blood pressure meds I take, turned in to a toxic soup that destroyed my natural state of normalness....leading to a tragedy of errors in my gut. Now that I am not going to die, I want to share that in the hope that maybe someone here might benefit from my experience.

 

I probably won't return since I don't think I have IBS, but I wish you all the best, and hope there will someday be more than "treatments" for IBS and all the other "letter diseases". We need real research and cures!

Love and a happy gut.

 

Leon



#14 LEON_FOONMAN

LEON_FOONMAN

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 14 posts
  • Country:Pitcairn

Posted 27 November 2015 - 04:45 PM

Advertisement

 

I recently posted...

"I probably won't return since I don't think I have IBS, but.."

 

"But" is right..... I am still having occasional lower left side back pain. (at pelvic level) and some difficulty with constipation. This is after a lifetime of normal digestive health, with only the very occasional issues that everyone gets.

 

Well, I finally got desperate, and am almost 100% convinced my constipation is a result of a cipro course that lasted 3 grueling weeks. I am still not sorted out, but did hear from a friend that the colorectal recovery program from Gutsense.org helped her a lot. Well, I don't typically go for patent medicine cures or other quackery, but when you don't want to spend your  life planning around your next BM or using laxatives just to go....you'll do whatever it takes to crap normally again. (As you all know)

Ok, so here I am at 3 days on the Gutsense program. (yes I bought the 120 dollars worth of mystery powders and neatly packaged vitamins and whatever else is in them, and I am following the recommended instructions.

 

I am pleased to say that one of the products, the one called "Hydro - C" works pretty dam well. In fact, it works really well, better than the warm water with lemon juice at wake up, followed by yoga and jumping jacks. ( I know, I know) 

It's "not a laxative" according to the literature, but is an osmotic type thing that increases the water level in your large intestine. For me, this has been reliable, all 3 days anyway.

I am willing to try anything at this point, after 2 months of constant farting, bloating, constipation and lower left side back pain. (gas pain, I am almost positive) caused by the dam ciproflaxin. The pain still comes and goes but I am guessing it will subside along with the constipation if I continue the sill gutsense stuff. I hope to gawd it will anyway. I am not ready to consign my self to a life of misery at 63 years old... No way, Jose.



#15 otter611

otter611

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Country:United Kingdom

Posted 28 December 2015 - 05:53 AM

Advertisement
I signed up to this site to reply to these comments, as I've been suffering with IBS (A) for years (I'm 23, female) and have found them really helpful. Although I noticed that not many people have any answers to left hand side rib/under rib pain - however I got mine yesterday and thought it may help.

I visited the doctor/s 4 times over the past 2 months with this strange pain under my left ribs that gradually got worse throughout the day, the only way I could describe it was that it felt like how I would imagine a hernia or issue with an organ underneath would feel - it was like a tingly, uncomfortable, spasm-like pain which would get worse after eating and was brand new to my IBS symptoms which made me realise something was wrong. Alongside this I had loose/extremely frequent bowels and really bad wind which I don't get too often now I control my IBS which worried me.

I visited the doctor, explained my symptoms and described it as 'stomach' pain directly underneath my left ribs, which he automatically said was gastritis and gave me lansoprozole, without really doing much checking, and said the pain should go within 3 days. 3 days came, the pain got worse and I had a reaction to the medicine which brought me out in hives. I had a few trips to the doctor after this and was given peptac, which actually helped my bowels however didn't get rid of this horrible pain and was finally told that it was anxiety, unfortunately as I've suffered from panic attacks in the past, symptoms can get pushed aside.

So finally yesterday after weeks of taking peptac, fibogel (if needed), peppermint tea 3 times a day and eating plain food, the pain became horrendous (and my bowels were normal) and I made an appointment for the out of hours gp at the local hospital, and it turns out I have costochondritis. An inflammation of the tissue, specifically for me, between my lower two 'floating' ribs on my left side, which as the doctor checked all of my stomach by palpatating, blood test, urine, temperature, blood pressure etc, I'm reassured that it's not something sinister like my spleen, colon etc. The bad bowels/gas was caused by worrying/anxiety of misdiagnosis and has levelled out since I've been diagnosed. I've been prescribed naproxen (anti inflammatory a bit stronger than ibuprofen) which seems to be helping so far and can be taken with paracetamol to get rid of the pain for 10 days. It's very sore today but the soreness has changed, it almost feels like I've been punched in the ribs or something, so it is definitely doing something.

I just wanted to urge anyone who has ibs and this pain, who has had CLEAR tests/scans, to go back to their doctor and get them to look at possible muscoskeletal issues. I personally pushed my ribs to see if the pain was there and couldn't pin point it, but when the doctor did it, she found it straight away and could localise the pain to the bottom two being tender on the front and back. The doctor told me that it can happen easily if your slim and don't have much fat to protect the lower ribs as they are connected differently than your rib cage (I think more loosely).

I hope this helps - sorry if it was longwinded x

#16 kletts07

kletts07

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Country:United States

Posted 12 April 2016 - 03:15 PM

Advertisement

I am 27 and have been dealing with GERD probably my whole life and IBS-A since I was 16. Was officially diagnosed at 21 by a specialist. He was no nonsense. I did not do scans because he said the left side pain I had was textbook. Showed me other people's xrays. Imagine a lumpy fat snake that is squeezed like in a cartoon and is crumpled and tight, down to the size of your pinky. Those are what the colon cramps look like, and in my case are always in the same place on the left side in varying degrees of severity. You can feel this if you press deep over the pain and you feel something solid like your flexing. It will be uncomfortable.

 

He had me drink a lot more water, introduce exercise into my week (yoga has been best) and had me start drinking DanActive L.Casei Immunitas yogurt probiotic shots. They are in yellow packaging and in most grocery stores near Activia yogurt. He told me Activia and most yogurt is useless for those that have IBS because our stomach's kill most bacteria, especially since I have GERD. He said this is one of the only drinkable products on the market that can get past your stomach without being too harsh and is fully digestible. I have tried Kefir and all sorts of products in lieu when I can't find this (usually on vacation in a small town) and nothing else works for me. He recommended against probiotic pills and powders as your body irregularly breaks them down and can be too harsh or not enough on any give dose. He recommended sticking to liquid forms. He also recommended this for this specific bacteria. I have tried to find it elsewhere in other products and haven't found it.

 

Mine has been really bad for the last few weeks. Looking at where my life is, I am assuming it is from stress, not enough water and lack of exercise (just had surgery that is preventing me from being as active). Try an internal medicine and gastro doctor. Mine made it sound like this issue is really common, but people worry it is something else related to another organ before they get answers. This is something that can develop at different points in life, but once you know what it generally is you can manage it without tons of prescriptions. I have heard of anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications helping and IBS specific medicines, but they usually reserve this for when lifestyle changes don't help because the other symptoms they create.

 

Hope this helps!

 

PS I also see a chiropractor. Mine uses Active Release, which helps me. I see a correlation with my IBS. My stress emits itself in muscle tightness in my body.



#17 Margal12

Margal12

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Country:United States

Posted 29 April 2016 - 02:45 AM

Advertisement

 

I am 26 and I have been dealing with a dull ache in my left side for about 6 months now.  It started as a sharp ache, in which I went to the gyno and got an ultrasound - all clear.  He mentioned it could just be constipation, which I believed because I have always had issues with constipation.  However, the dull ache is pretty constant now, and my mind starts to assume the worst. About 2 months ago I got blood work and urinalysis done - all normal.  My GP referred me to a GI who told me I had IBS-C without doing any tests.  She had me do the prep for a colonoscopy (yuck!) just to clear out my system, then start taking miralax everyday to have a BM daily.  The miralax has helped with BMs, but makes me bloated and gassy sad.png.  The worst part for me is the constant dull ache on my left side - usually right below my ribs.  The pain sometime makes my back hurt right below my ribs as well.  I am set to have a sigmoidoscopy in a few days - not looking forward to it, but hoping for some answers.  

 

Does anyone else have the same symptoms?  I appreciate knowing I am not alone!!

 

You are not alone!  I'm 66 and I've been dealing with stinging pain in my left side for over a year now.  It started as an ache about the size of a postage stamp.  Now, it's the entire left side of my abdomen.  I can hardly stand more pain.  It's so bad that I can't even touch my skin when the pain is peaking.  I've had two colonoscopies in three years, three sonograms and two CT scans and a Nerve Study and an MRI done. I have 3 or 4 bouts of pain every day and one at night.  I'm in pain more hours than not.  I have spasms, too.  I haven't been able to find anyone with symptoms exactly like mine.  My life revolves around this pain.  I'm looking for answers, but wondering how much more pain I can take.  It's almost like I'm having labor pains and being electrocuted at the same time. It's debilitating and makes me feel exhausted.  I'm doing acupuncture twice a week.      



#18 postingtogiveinfo

postingtogiveinfo

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

  • IBS Penpal
  • Country:United Kingdom

Posted 02 May 2016 - 10:29 PM

Advertisement
Replying incase it helps others.
I too (39, 83kg) have had pains on left side on and off over last couple years. The pain normally is discomfort on front left side just under ribcage care. Sometimes feels like a pinch internally which then is a mild burning sensation to a constant bloating internal pain. The pain sometimes moves to different locations like far left side or low left back.
Have a Bloated feeling many times a day and loud stomach sounds from middle left of chest particularly at night.
I also had constipation and a few floating stools occasionally recently after really painful days.

I've had blood tests, ultrasound of liver/spleen/pancreas in last few weeks that have been normal. the most reassuring thing is heard was the Dr saying if there was something abnormal there to gave caused blockage the sonargram would have seen it... This made the pain disappear for a few days after hearing this and managed to have a nights sleep after a week of none.

When this left side pain happened last time I also had a colonoscopy and an MRI without contrast on the pancreas which was normal.. I have to admit it feels more gut related this time.

I have also had left chest pains and left arm pains over last 2 years where the worry of it has taken me to A&E twice for tests on heart attack symptoms & xrays. Those have come back clear and the chemical they check post attack was not present so the pains were not heart related. They said it was anxiety induced and have to admit almost immediately after clear tests the pain vanishes! Mental state definitely plays a part somehow bit equally the pains are very real.
Right now I have pains thst have lasted nearly a month so far with no obvious solution yet. Bascopam doesn't seem to make much difference although does causes a floury taste in my mouth a day later when drinking water.

Actually only thing that works is going for a high, literally 5 mins in and pain stops. Will return an hour or so later though so perhaps 24 hour gym is needed.

Trying to cut out dairy products and chilli at the moment as found that after eating spicy food it is terrible. I stopped drinking coffee and use oat milk in tea now as my mother has lactose intolerance causing her discomfort for a year before it was identified.

As pain tracks lower ribs inside it's not an obvious diagnosis yet so still searching but really helpful and reassuring to hear others experience similar issues.

Would love to hear updates from anyone who's posted this just to know they're still OK and if that they've discovered anything else that may cause or fixed their symptoms.

#19 postingtogiveinfo

postingtogiveinfo

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 3 posts

  • IBS Penpal
  • Country:United Kingdom

Posted 02 May 2016 - 10:35 PM

Advertisement
My last post was some what garbled due to typing on a mobile.
The only thing I've found that helps so far is going to a gym (not going high as the predictive text suggested ;)) and drinking full fat cola sometimes.
Also I'm 39 and male if that helps too.

#20 Shamim

Shamim

    New Member

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 9 posts

  • IBS Penpal
  • Country:Bangladesh

Posted 07 May 2016 - 04:37 PM

Advertisement
This type of pain is associated with herp virus, check if you have herp...





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: left side ache, ibs-c, dull ache, abdominal and back pain


Advertisement


About Us | Contact Us | Advertise With Us | Disclaimer | Terms of Service | Crisis Resources

Irritable Bowel Syndrome |  Inflammatory Bowel Disease |  Crohn's Disease |  Ulcerative Colitis |  Fibromyalgia |  GERD - Reflux Disease


©Copyright 1995-2016 IBS Self Help and Support Group All rights reserved




This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here