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HI. I am a 29 year old (up until now) very healthy female. About two months ago I came down with what I thought was food posioning which gave me severe diarrhea for about a day and was done. I did however end up with a nagging pain /discomfort on my left side. It has never been horribly painful but just is a constant nagging discomfort that never goes away. The pain/discomfort is just below my chest and radiates to my back and down about belly button level. I also had a lot of mucus in my stools. I went to the doctor and he said I had an intestinal infection. He gave me cipro and flagyl and said it should go right away. Well that was 2 months ago and the pain is constant and never goes away. I have been dealing a lot with constipation (no diarrhea) and discovered after taking a laxative and spending the day in the bathroom that the discomfort was almost gone. However, having eaten more then a few times since then the pain is coming back along with the constipation and the mucus comes and goes. I went back to my dr. a week ago and he did blood tests and stool samples and everything came back normal. The only thing I can think of is IBS but I didnt know if that covers constipation and constant left flank/abdominal pain. I also have noticed that it is more severe if I eat spicy foods. Just looking for some advice.Thanks
 

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Yes, one of the forms of ibs is ibs-c (constipation). The thing about ibs is, as far as I can see, it is diagnosed based on having symptoms and not finding another cause. So you'll never really know if you simply have ibs (though you can be pretty sure) unless you can start controlling it. That being said, there are lots of drugs out there that help. I don't know anything specific about constipation because that was never my problem, but I know you should be able to get something to help. And spicy foods are very common triggers.
 

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Hi c2r2wrdw,Like lightning95 said ibs is often diagnosed due to a lack of finding any other cause.. not to say u dont have ibs but if i were you i would prob get a second opinion, maybe even request a referal to see a sepcialist... just incase its something that can be found and treated... good luck
 
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