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#1 fancy_pants

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 12:52 PM

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Okay, I have checked out a lot of the links about IBS that people have posted and they say that one of the criteria in diagnosing IBS is that the pain goes away after a BM...but mine doesn't...It often feels as though my intestines and insides in that area are bruised after a BM or an IBS flare-up Posted Image ...They are sensitive to the touch and also to clothing...Is this consistent with IBS? Do any of you ever feel that way? Posted Image


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Posted 24 November 2004 - 01:55 PM

Funny you should describe your pain/discomfort as a bruise. I have the exact same pain/issues. I hurt after pooping just as much as before I go. Especially if I go alot. My intestines often feel like they are twisted over toward the left and if I touch the area it is painful just like a bruise. I saw my gastro in Oct and as she felt my stomach I told her where it hurt when she touched. She didnt seem to think it was unusual, just commented "oh it hurts you there." She is an IBS expert, trained at UNC. Sometimes it hurts across about 2-3 inches above my navel.Sometimes it hurts to wear something with a waistline and I'll need to unbutton the top buttons of a skirt. I believe those 2 areas are common for IBS pain. It is frustrating that so many people with IBS get pain relief from a bm. Occasionally I will get the same relief BUT the pain/discomfort usually comes right back. I think its from spasms, after I poop the spasm doesnt relax as it should, at least it feels that way to me.I know that people with IBS "feel" pain more than normal people and that our bowels spasm irratically often for no reason. Wish I could help more but know youre not alone. Glad you posted. Feel free to pm me anytime Posted Image
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Posted 24 November 2004 - 02:15 PM

Thanks for the help...I have been so frustrated with the "bruised intestine" thingy after reading all of those write ups about IBS...my pain doesn't always go away after a bm (in fact, hardly ever does)...and seems to stretch on and on, like it has this time...but I haven't noticed it in one specific area...kind of feels like the lower stomach mostly...like the whole tract is bruised...I really appreciate it Nancy...no medical insurance=no GI specialist...and on my other post in the general IBS forum, newbie with questions/rant, I talk about the problems that I have had with other doctors...from the time that I actually did have insurance...sorry, rambling again...but thanks again! Posted Image

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 02:30 PM

Oh thanks Ms Fancy Pants and Nancy... I too have no insurance and that sort of bruised feeling pain. Last year I sprung for all manner of tests (am still paying for them off my Visa) and was told that I have a really long and very twisted colon and I should consider myself lucky that I haven't had problems sooner (I am 60).But, I nearly always feel like a small horse has stepped on my lower right abdomen. (The right side is were my colon is seriously twisted). And I am glad to find out that I am not unique in this area. I was starting to be concerned since no one else had mentioned it - most seem to have more cramp like pain. Thanks again... And Happy ThanksgivingPeg

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 03:31 PM

Fancypants-I may have read your post about dr's, not sure. I had an experience many years ago with who I will call the gastro from HELL. It is so hard to find a doc who "gets it" about IBS. I'm lucky that I now go to an IBS specialist (who just came on board where I go). Even though she can't necessarily fix my IBS or change it drastically, she validates it and my symptoms which really helps me mentally. Its so hard with insurance restrictions even for people who do have insurance but I'm sure its even worse if you dont have it.peggy-My neighbor has what is called a redundant colon, tons of extra feet of it. She said the dr's were amazed at it. She had a bowel obstruction and had to have surgery to remove 5 ft of her colon but STILL has plenty left, more than is normal. She doesnt have IBS and luckily for her did not develop it from her surgery.
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Posted 24 November 2004 - 03:59 PM

Nancy -Yes, my doctor said that I too have an amazing extra long colon. Apparently on the decending side it just has one extra loop. But, the on right side the excess is all twisted and kinked around. And gas gets trapped over on that twisted side. When it is bad I can actually see different tennis ball size lumps. And for variety, I sometimes get general puffy overall bloating. But, still more to the right side. The doctor said that surgery would be not considered as long as nothing gets blocked. And being a surgery coward with no insurance - that is fine with me.Thanks again Peggy

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 04:40 PM

Boy those tests are expensive aren't they? Never mind I had to wait until I was hospitalized to get mine run...but the doctors didn't know what to do with them...I swear, I am so grateful I moved, because I wouldn't have gone back to a group of doctors in that town again...I have never had so much trouble with them in my life! Although, I do look younger than I am (28 but sometimes look 18) and I feel like this is a hinderance in trying to get them to understand me? But I have a new job that I start on the 6th which comes with really good insurance (from what I understand) and hopefully, I can find a good GI doctor down here...Thanks for all the help ya'll Posted Image P.S. Sorry about your colon peggy...doesn't sound like very much fun...

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 05:57 PM

Try and remember that we are consumers and DR's work for us. They can be very intimidating sometimes, especially if you are restricted as to who you can see. I swear if they were put in the postition of being in our shoes for just a week (even a few days)I wonder if they might change their tune and attitude.
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Posted 24 November 2004 - 06:16 PM

God I wish them being in our shoes would help...I can never get the medical help that I need, cause I feel like no one ever takes me seriously...Like when I had a small bone in my wrist that was broken...I went to the ER and my General Practitioner the next day and both x-rayed it and said there was nothing in the x-rays...but I kept having pain and swelling in that area for over a year, and after I had a CT scan on the area, they discovered I had INDEED broken a small bone, and it had developed into osteo-arthritis and now I have lost at least 20% of the use in that hand...Doctors can be such fun, can't they? Know that was a tangent, and unrelated to IBS, but just trying to illustrate a point...Thanks for the insight...I appreciate it...I'll just have to try and be fierce when I actually to get back to the doctor...

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Posted 27 December 2004 - 10:57 PM

can you call this IBs. I have bruised feeling pain around lower abdomen, which doesnt seem to go away , it moves around to left, center and right. I have normal bowel movement, but just the pain is driving me crazy. I take Bentyl for spasm with no effect.Dont get me started about my doc, he is complete arogant. If any one have any relief or medical tip, please.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 01:56 AM

Tedtesf-Have you tried hyoscyamine. It is an antispasmotic. It helps me with the cramps and the tightness. I usually take it 30 min before a meal. BTW if your doctor sucks, dump him. I have had to go thru a few docs myself. Some are just not going to be sympathetic (or competent for that matter). As far as Docs go my dad is one and even he gets an attitude with me. It's like if the tests are negative then there can't be anything wrong with you. He even suggested that maybe it was all just in "my head." He asks me how I am each time he calls asking if I am still having problems. Like it's just going to go away. Must be something they do to them in med school.

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Posted 14 January 2005 - 02:11 AM

I have met a few off doctors but I guess I got lucky..my doctor now is always open to suggestions anyways.From talking to others I think I also got lucky because at the time I was diagnosed the hospital was running an IBS clinic( first of the kind in the country) and research into IBS and diet and other connections.It was explained to me that the colon walls are thinner and weaker than normal colon walls and the more they spasm the thinner and more worn they get..this is why you get the bruising and pain feeling afterwards when the stomach calms down.similiar to when you pull a muscle with the exception that the muscle is constantly pulled(?)I use buscopan which is also an antispasmotic but only when I have a flare up with the cramps.

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 02:31 PM

This is so intersesting and reassuring as I posted a very similar thread (though I can't for the life of me remember where!!!). Yes, I too have this sort of dull, bruising (rather like a mild period pain) after a BM which goes away, often as the business of the day/work/kids to school etc kicks in and you kind of forget about it.

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Posted 17 January 2005 - 02:52 PM

Quote from Katrina:"It was explained to me that the colon walls are thinner and weaker than normal colon walls and the more they spasm the thinner and more worn they get.."I don't think it is possible that the walls are "thinner" than normal.Maybe weak but not thinner.Maybe i would beleive that if it is from a genetic background and that you have it at birth but anyway,it sound unreal.Do you have a link for that?These days,i just beleive what i see on the net.
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Posted 17 January 2005 - 03:42 PM

I don't have a link for it..just on how it was explained to me by a few different doctors. I think the thinner comes from all the spasms or more a term sort of like when your skin stretches. The bowels do the samething when yuo block up in one spot while you spaz in a different spot..

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:32 PM

Wow, this thread is super old, but this is exactly how I feel when I'm in pain. The bruising pain along with a burning pain in my thighs. These two combined are absolutely terrible, I just want to be drugged out or unconscious, neither of which would be conducive or possible. I wish there was something I could do to make the pain go away, sometimes I literally feel like it's ruining my life!



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 01:36 PM

I get that feeling off and on.  It will feel so sore. One time it was so bad since I had my period which is severe I was crying wishing I could black out.



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 02:59 PM

Yup, I get that. The aching can last for a couple days with me like I was kicked in the gut several times and my intestines are bruised. Sometimes my guts feel really sore an twisted, usyaly on the left side. I have to wait until it subsides before I can eat again which can sometimes be a day or two. Yes, my IBS has recently caused me to lose 15 lbs and I wasn't overweight to begin with. It just hurts too much to eat sometimes.



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:14 AM

I know the feeling. I don't even know if it's food that triggers it anymore, because sometimes I'll barely eat for fear that it'll bring on pain and the pain will be just as bad, it'll still progress to worse. It's definitely what keeps me on the underweight side, that's for sure 



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 12:43 PM

I just tried to complete a stitz marker test but had to quit three days in. The pain got too bad. My guts are gradually clearing out now and they feel like a marching band trampled over them.

 

Sometimes, after a big bowel movement when I've been constipated for awhile, I get really tired. Even if I wasn't straining hard or anything, the laxatives do most of the work. I just get so tired I have to go lie down and then I'm out, in a deep sleep, for a few hours.

Have you ever experienced this? Sometimes I lose mobility in my hips as well, like my legs are numb and I can barely move them. If I try to walk I stumble and bump into things. Wierd stuff. Ever feel that way yourself?







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