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#1 mon1995


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 08:57 AM

I'm a 22 year old female who was recently diagnosed with IBS. My doctor is not entirely sure that I have IBS though, as my symptoms are not typical of the condition. Around 2 weeks before my period is due, I begin to experience (at random times, usually when I'm out and about rather than at home) a pain in my abdominal area that feels like it is being squeezed. The pain will usually start around my belly button and spread all the way up to my stomach and down to my lower abdomen. The odd thing is that this pain will go away completely when I LIE DOWN. Eventually, the pain will go away altogether if I lie down for long enough but if I do get up, the pain will come back. It is very difficult to walk or stand during one of these attacks. They are also accompanied by lots of gas, and a feeling that I need to pass gas but cannot. I am also usually bloated around this time. I have had this pain on and off for years now and have also had GERD since I was 14, which I am currently managing with Somac 20mg. The abdominal pain does not appear to be affected by diet and I usually eat very healthy and also exercise a few times a week. My doctor is baffled at my symptoms as he isn't sure that this is IBS since my bowel movements are pretty normal although I do become constipated at times.

I dont know if this is connected at all, but last year I went through a few courses of antibiotics (one which had particularly terrible side effects) and I don't think my stomach has been the same since, as I've noticed this pain has become more frequent. In the past, it would come every few months whereas the past few months I've been experiencing this pain a few times a month. I'm on probiotics which I worry might be doing more harm than good. I'd like to know if anyone else has had any similar symptoms and have been given a diagnosis by a doctor? I'm just so tired of returning to the doctors only to be given a new prescription or tablet to find it doesnt help at all. BTW - my doctor first put me on Colofac 3x a day which did not help the pains AT ALL, and has now put me on Ponstan as he believes my pains might be linked to ovulation or my period and so far this has not been helping either...

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 09:39 AM

Is this doctor you're talking about a gastroenterologist? If not I think it would be wise to see one. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning you need tests to rule out other things. Also if the GI doc can't find anything then perhaps a gynogologist or pain specialist can help. It just sounds like you're in a lot of pain and you obviously can't lie down all the time. Hope you find answers soon! Hang in there.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 06:45 PM

Same with me. Layingdown gets rid of Stomach Pain and Nausea. Try to exclude Garlic and Onions at all cost. 

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:20 PM

So not sure if there is where to post this. I found this site by doing a google search on "abdominal pain goes away when lying down" and appears the original thread to this is already closed. It was going from April 2016-March 2017 with several people having this issue. My situation is a little unique as it's not myself in pain, it's my 3 year old son. He has a genetic condition called Schaaf-Yang syndrome and he's currently only one of fifty in the world with it. (So we don't exactly have a road map to follow) With his genetic condition he has a myriad of symptoms including high threshold for pain (doesn't even flinch at shots and blood draws). In fact, he only ever cries when he has what we call an "abdominal episode". First noticed a couple of days after he was born, his symptoms that we know of are extreme pain that seems to come in quick waves as if he's in labor. He also seems to be pushing as if he's in labor. Sometimes before an episode we'll hear an audible "gloop" sound, like someone dropping a stone into a pond. When he was younger, these episodes lasted an hour to an hour and a half. And honestly I think he just got wore out and passed out- not that the pain stopped. Nowadays they last around 10-15 minutes depending on how quickly I can get him on me on his belly. Things that trigger an episode- sitting for more than an hour or so, trying to stand (Charlie still doesn't walk- he was born with hypertonic of the extremities and hypotonia of the trunk), if his hip flexor are stretched during physical therapy that triggers an episode if he's unusually tight, heavy belly laughing. He's been under general anesthesia 3 times- feeding tube placement, exploratory for ENT, GI, and Pulmonary, and finally for testicle descesion. That last surgery he had a caudal where they basically gave him an epidural and numbed his pelvis area into his upper thighs. After that he was symptom free for two and a half weeks!! No heavy congestion and I abdominal episodes where directly before he had been having them 4-5 times a week. (Though since Charlie is non verbal- we don't know if he has dull pain consistently.) My point (or question) is that this could be nerve and muscle related together. Our next step is to take Charlie for acupuncture therapy to stimulate the vagus nerve. (There is a surgery they can do to implant a device to stimulate the vagus nerve but since there's no data on this for Charlie's condition we're holding off on that.) Something that may help someone else- Charlie's GI initially thought he might be suffering from abdominal migraines. Will try to post more later. He's on me now as he was getting fidgety like an episode was coming on.

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