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#1 buzz

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 11:16 PM

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I have looked around the forum, but have been unable to find anything dealing with this subject. If I missed something, please let me know.I cannot handle any pressure on my waist/abdomen. I wear pants 2 to 3 sizes too big, held up with suspenders so that there will not be any constriction on my waist. Because of this, I can’t tuck in any shirts. I have to wear everything out to avoid directly showing my huge waisted pants or anything else that may be visible due to the space between the pants and me. And, when I say I can’t handle any pressure on my waist/abdomen, I mean I can’t. It is not just “uncomfortable”, or just something that happens after meals. It is all the time. If I do wear something too tight (which in this case would be anything that is tight enough to stay up by itself) I get pain in my abdomen that allows me to do little else but lay down. I get a headache, and my ability to think is destroyed by crabbiness.I know that this is not a “mental” issue for me, because I have been in many situations where I was not thinking at all about my waist or pants yet began to quickly degenerate to a crabby, painful mess. It wasn’t until later, when I took the pants off, that I got relief and realized that the pressure around my waist was the culprit.I have read and heard from many IBS suffers that they get abdominal pain after eating certain foods, too much food, or wearing really tight clothing – but I have not come across anyone else who just can’t function when they have ANY amount of tightness around their waist.Does anyone else have this issue, and more importantly, has anyone been able to overcome this somehow? Peppermint pills, fiber, water, etc. all help with food based pain and regularity, but do nothing for this waist sensitivity. I would really like to be able to exercise again, and consider employment that requires your shirt be tucked in. Any help is appreciated.


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Posted 11 May 2007 - 06:00 PM

I have looked around the forum, but have been unable to find anything dealing with this subject. If I missed something, please let me know.I cannot handle any pressure on my waist/abdomen. I wear pants 2 to 3 sizes too big, held up with suspenders so that there will not be any constriction on my waist. Because of this, I can’t tuck in any shirts. I have to wear everything out to avoid directly showing my huge waisted pants or anything else that may be visible due to the space between the pants and me. And, when I say I can’t handle any pressure on my waist/abdomen, I mean I can’t. It is not just “uncomfortable”, or just something that happens after meals. It is all the time. If I do wear something too tight (which in this case would be anything that is tight enough to stay up by itself) I get pain in my abdomen that allows me to do little else but lay down. I get a headache, and my ability to think is destroyed by crabbiness.I know that this is not a “mental” issue for me, because I have been in many situations where I was not thinking at all about my waist or pants yet began to quickly degenerate to a crabby, painful mess. It wasn’t until later, when I took the pants off, that I got relief and realized that the pressure around my waist was the culprit.I have read and heard from many IBS suffers that they get abdominal pain after eating certain foods, too much food, or wearing really tight clothing – but I have not come across anyone else who just can’t function when they have ANY amount of tightness around their waist.Does anyone else have this issue, and more importantly, has anyone been able to overcome this somehow? Peppermint pills, fiber, water, etc. all help with food based pain and regularity, but do nothing for this waist sensitivity. I would really like to be able to exercise again, and consider employment that requires your shirt be tucked in. Any help is appreciated.



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Posted 06 November 2011 - 12:36 AM

Hi Buzz,I have the same problem too. It's been gradually getting worse the last few years. I'm not diagnosed for IBS yet. But any pressure on my tummy makes me struggle for air. I have custom made pants that have garters all-around just like the ones you find in shorts. But lately, it's been tough for me even wearing those. To top it off, my tummy expands an inch, 2 or 3 when I sit. I have no solution except to wear underwear at home.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:45 AM

oh yes, i get that too. i have slow transit constipation and when i'm really backed up and bloated with stool and gas i cannot tolerate any type of pants even my trusty one-size-too-large elastic waistband drawstring pants. fortunately i'm a woman so then i can turn to my comfy tent jumpers. don't know what i'd do without them.years ago i used to bib overalls when this happened. they were pretty comfy too. not exactly in style any more though. but when i'm that uncomfotable i really don't care about style--lol.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:36 AM

oh yes, i get that too. i have slow transit constipation and when i'm really backed up and bloated with stool and gas i cannot tolerate any type of pants even my trusty one-size-too-large elastic waistband drawstring pants. fortunately i'm a woman so then i can turn to my comfy tent jumpers. don't know what i'd do without them.years ago i used to bib overalls when this happened. they were pretty comfy too. not exactly in style any more though. but when i'm that uncomfotable i really don't care about style--lol.


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Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:39 AM

I absolutely can't stand to wear anything around my waist. Haven't for many years. I guess I'm lucky cause I am pretty thin and can wear the lower rise jeans and pants. I don't know if any of you women shop at J.Jill but they have a line of clothing call J jill Wearever. Wonderful tops and pants that feel like pjs with elastic waste without looking dumpy. Just went to Italy and wore the Wearever on the LONG plane ride without feeling cramped up in my tummy due to having anything press on my waist.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 02:14 PM

i'm thin too but even the low rise bother me--quite a bit actually. can't bear to have anything pressing on my belly either which is right where the low rise sit.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:29 PM

I have this terribly, and as a result I heavily rely on dresses, and super loose, rolled down on my waist leggings. The dresses have to be potato sack style and loose. The thing that troubles me the most is my bra! Now that is a terrible uncomfortable situation, especially since my set heavily rely (ha ha) on one. I think one of the hardest to cope with aspects of IBS is how it makes you feel about yourself, both internally and externally. I feel your pain! I guess I'm lucky that dresses are in my socially acceptable clothing repertoire.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 04:03 PM

I have looked around the forum, but have been unable to find anything dealing with this subject. If I missed something, please let me know.I cannot handle any pressure on my waist/abdomen. I wear pants 2 to 3 sizes too big, held up with suspenders so that there will not be any constriction on my waist. Because of this, I can’t tuck in any shirts. I have to wear everything out to avoid directly showing my huge waisted pants or anything else that may be visible due to the space between the pants and me. And, when I say I can’t handle any pressure on my waist/abdomen, I mean I can’t. It is not just “uncomfortable”, or just something that happens after meals. It is all the time. If I do wear something too tight (which in this case would be anything that is tight enough to stay up by itself) I get pain in my abdomen that allows me to do little else but lay down. I get a headache, and my ability to think is destroyed by crabbiness.I know that this is not a “mental” issue for me, because I have been in many situations where I was not thinking at all about my waist or pants yet began to quickly degenerate to a crabby, painful mess. It wasn’t until later, when I took the pants off, that I got relief and realized that the pressure around my waist was the culprit.I have read and heard from many IBS suffers that they get abdominal pain after eating certain foods, too much food, or wearing really tight clothing – but I have not come across anyone else who just can’t function when they have ANY amount of tightness around their waist.Does anyone else have this issue, and more importantly, has anyone been able to overcome this somehow? Peppermint pills, fiber, water, etc. all help with food based pain and regularity, but do nothing for this waist sensitivity. I would really like to be able to exercise again, and consider employment that requires your shirt be tucked in. Any help is appreciated.



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Posted 11 November 2011 - 04:09 PM

Hi, I have a similar issue, I can have a bm fine one morning but by the afternoon I start to get a cramp like pain really low done in my pelvis area as if it's being stretched..it's almost like a contracting, I feel totally compact and full of air, but I'm not, even after taking movicol and having normal bm this pain can occur, it's gets worse over about 2 hours until I'm in agony and can't do anything, I have to lay down and I can't whasoever wear anything restricting on my waist for at least a week, I'm left with a dull ache and pain not a severe as in the start, but it last for a week, does anyone get this symptom???...I also had a ceserean 20 months ago so I'm wondering if it's that or my ibs, doctors seem to think it's the ibs, but I'm also getting to the stage whe I'm wearing sizes bigger because I'm worried of it starting while I'm out. :0(

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:30 PM

Hi, I have a similar issue, I can have a bm fine one morning but by the afternoon I start to get a cramp like pain really low done in my pelvis area as if it's being stretched..it's almost like a contracting, I feel totally compact and full of air, but I'm not, even after taking movicol and having normal bm this pain can occur, it's gets worse over about 2 hours until I'm in agony and can't do anything, I have to lay down and I can't whasoever wear anything restricting on my waist for at least a week, I'm left with a dull ache and pain not a severe as in the start, but it last for a week, does anyone get this symptom???...I also had a ceserean 20 months ago so I'm wondering if it's that or my ibs, doctors seem to think it's the ibs, but I'm also getting to the stage whe I'm wearing sizes bigger because I'm worried of it starting while I'm out. :0(

I've never had a small waist, always a bit of a belly and chronic "belly aches". I have never been comfortable in high waisted pants or skirts. Luckily I wear scrubs for work and can loosen the tie. Every thing else is stretch only!Your post hit a nerve with me when you mentioned C-section 20 months ago. My current "supposed" IBS pain started after a GYN biopsy. I went back multiple times while they checked for infection, prolapsed organs, twisted ovary and anything else they thought of. I kept asking about scar tissue (I've had two GYN laparoscopic surgeries). She just said no and suggested I see a gastroenterologist. I told her I already had an appointment. He (GI doc) said it was IBS, brought on by a nearby spasm, whatever. Had my colonoscopy, clear. It was my first as baseline anyway, I'm 51. The day of my colonoscopy, I told him I had a new pain, upper right abdomen. He ordered an ultrasound, found gallstones. Gallbladder removed last Friday. The surgeon upon hearing my history, thinks they punctured my uterus during the biopsy. So why it's still hurting whenever stool passes, who knows?Anyway, my long-winded reply, is to encourage you to re-visit your GYN. Ask about scar tissue, adhesions, endometriosis and anything else you can think of. Also have them check you for prolapse. I'm still searching for my answer, I hope you find yours.And for anyone else out there needing comfortable pants, check out scrub pants (tie only, no elastic) or flannel PJ pants (tie only) for winter. Also, Hanes makes some wonderful new sweat pants that have a wide band elastic, much more comfortable. And no goofy elastic cuffs, LOL. Ladies department at Walmart!

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:47 AM

Have slow transit constipation AND pelvic floor disfunction (muscles at exit tighten up instead of relaxing) so on top of retaining everything in there, once the stuff does get to the exit, the muscles don't cooperate.Slow transit diagnosed through sitzmarker test, and pelvic floor outlet with defecography.For slow transit they say it is "chronic", for pelvic floor went several months to therapy and that has helped, about 30% better.In pain and discomfort every waking moment.Still on laxatives, otherwise with backup I can barely function, can't breathe and as you mention, the stomach distention is huge.For the distension>Eat very small amounts.Heat helps, Cvs sells a large heating pad for back pain. And there is always the trusty hot water bottle.Yoga helps.I have got rid of all "normal" pants and found Yoga pants at Old Navy that once you put a top on look like regular pants. I wear these to work with a nice top or jacket.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:35 AM

Dear Buzz- I know exactly what you mean! I thought I was crazy! I had surgery 3 months ago for reflux & small bowel resection( see my post " Nissan fundlipication woes"). I have been left with abdominal pain mid left to center abdomen. I cannot stand anything putting even the slightest pressure on my mid upper abdomen, it feels like a skin surface nerve issue- it even wakes me up when I an sleeping. I think it is related to IBS or to nerves injured during surgery. Thank you for helping me realize I am not alone!

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 07:57 AM

Similar problem here. I am a man and my problem is D, not C. I register to the post just in case someone finds a solution someday.



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Posted 13 December 2014 - 11:49 AM

Yes Buzz, I don't like anything around my waist either. I'm pretty skinny, but it just feels uncomfortable. I don't wear much of anything when I'm home and when I'm driving for more than 15 minutes or so I always loosen my belt, unsnap my pants and zip down my zipper. It's way more comfortable that way.

 

BTW, tucking in your shirt is pretty much out of style now and has been for some time, unless you are wearing a tie.



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Posted 17 April 2015 - 01:23 PM

Hi I apologize because I don't think this has anything at all to do with IBS but I am bumping this thread up because this is the closest thing I have been able to find on the internet that relates to my situation. To Buzz & Flossy, when you wear pants does it just give you pains in your stomach or does your breathing get cut off? The issue I am having is when I sit down with pants it always cuts off my breathing. I purposely wear my pants a size or 2 big for work and it doesn't matter. The tinest pressure on my belly causes my breathing to get disrupted, I get terrible headaches, loss of circulation - its just awful. I am lucky that I have a job that doesn't have a very strict dress code which allows me to wear shirts over my pants and I can unbutton my pants when I sit at work (as crazy as that sounds). That's the only way to keep my sanity. I used to try and "fight it" , wear button down shirts tucked in and just deal with it all day but then I got tired of coming home with severe headaches and I began to worry about doing long term, permanent damage to my body due to lack of blood flow.

 

I just don't understand why I experience this. Ive had the same job for 10+ years and it was never an issue. One day about 3 years ago I just started noticing my breathing was getting disrupted at work. I figure Id lose a few pounds and it would go away but it never did. I would understand it if I was overweight or wearing ridiculous tight clothes but I am not and do it. I am 195 pounds 5'11. I do have belly fat around my stomach and I understand my belly expands when I sit but why doesn't EVERYONE who doesn't have a washboard stomach experience this?

 

The only way I can slightly alleviate the issue is if I diet very strict, which I don't mind doing but I don't want to lose much more weight and it still requires me to wear my pants a size or two bigger.

 

Does this sound normal to anyone? Could it be I have some sort of brain sensitivity issue that sends a signal to my brain that I cannot breath when there is the slightest pressure on my belly? I am just searching desperately for answers. I would like to sit down comfortably like everyone else and not have to pass up the available seat on the train because I don't want to sit (lol).

 

Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks



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Posted 17 April 2015 - 03:13 PM

Hi Lou82 -

 

I don't mean to freak you out but there definitely seems like something is not quite right inside you by or near that area...  
 
If you haven't gotten colonscopy yet I would definitely get one.... Put your mind at ease, it will rule out any blockage/cancer/polyps/whatnot. Get put to sleep before the procedure, ask before you make an appointment if they do that that way (not just on twilight drugs). I got one a couple of years ago, was all freaked out by it and as it turns out it was easy as pie... Not kidding.... I was out (sleeping) the whole time.
 
Other than that, can't help ya, but I hope that helps! Keep us posted.

 



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Posted 21 April 2015 - 04:07 PM

I came across this topic and joined the forum as a result.

 

I can relate to having stomach pain/abdominal pressure when wearing any pants that aren't very loose dress pants with suspenders or sweatpants. I used to wear jeans regularly and now I feel a dull pain when I wear regular or low-rise jeans or other pants.I had a lot of inconclusive tests done by a GI specialist.  The only thing that I haven't had is a colonoscopy. I've been taking Miralax for the past 5 months, lost 5-10 pounds but still have problems with pants pressing on my abdomen. I have more problems when sitting for long periods vs. standing. I am looking for a way to find relief from the pain/pressure. Based on the posts here, I am not alone. Keep us posted, indeed!



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Posted 22 April 2015 - 02:16 AM

Welcome Topher1221. I suffered this symptoms that you described and some eleven years ago, the problem became chronic and the pain didn't disappear when I removed my pants. My case might be a bit different as I suffer from D and not from C.



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Posted 16 May 2015 - 06:59 PM

Gosh, I thought I was alone.  Can't take it anymore so searching and come across this thread.

 

I am a small build guy: 5'3, 120 lbs.  Last few years, I always wearing pants/jeans with the suspenders and un-button with no belts.  If I button it, I get lower back hurts.  If I wear belts, my lower back hurts, and they are not tight.  Even underwear, shorts, have to be loose.  As a results, no tuck shirts inside.  And I depend on the suspenders to keep my pants/jeans up.

 

PS.  Last year I went to my brother wedding and it was nightmare.  Shirt tucked in, button and belt up.  Killing my lower back the whole time I was there.  Sorry brother







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