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i get this pinchy feeling down in my intestinal area...way worse when i'm sitting and bloating accompanies the pinchy feeling...is this gas? it's not like crampy or anything though...
 

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The basic rule always applies: if you don't pass gas eventually, then it can't be gas. Regardless, the gas doesn't have any pain associated with it per se. It's the IBS itself that causes the pain.
 

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The basic rule always applies: if you don't pass gas eventually, then it can't be gas. Regardless, the gas doesn't have any pain associated with it per se. It's the IBS itself that causes the pain.
 

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IBS pain can vary a lot in how it is perceived, so the pain you describe sounds very much like it could be IBS-related.The way to determine gas-related vs non-gas-related is if you fart (may be a bout of farting) and the bloating and pinching goes away, then it is related to gas in the intestines.Bloating (with or without an increase in girth) may or may not be gas-related. Pain may or may not be gas related.Some patients with IBS seem to have pain or bloating with volumes of gas that are perfectly normal, but may feel better when eating a diet that tends to feed the bacteria in the colon (the normal ones) less or take probiotics which are bacteria that do not produce gas when they digest the carbs you do not.K.
 

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IBS pain can vary a lot in how it is perceived, so the pain you describe sounds very much like it could be IBS-related.The way to determine gas-related vs non-gas-related is if you fart (may be a bout of farting) and the bloating and pinching goes away, then it is related to gas in the intestines.Bloating (with or without an increase in girth) may or may not be gas-related. Pain may or may not be gas related.Some patients with IBS seem to have pain or bloating with volumes of gas that are perfectly normal, but may feel better when eating a diet that tends to feed the bacteria in the colon (the normal ones) less or take probiotics which are bacteria that do not produce gas when they digest the carbs you do not.K.
 

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You may be sensing a normal sensation as pain. Something that your brain shouldn't be told about is getting through and interpreted as pain.It is common in IBSers to have problems like this.Often the rectum is hypersensitive to being filled up, so it sends pain signals when it shouldn't, but I think it could happen in other places.Sometimes it is you sensing spasms as pain. Usually antispasmodic mediction will reduce this. Antidepressants actually calm down the over-sensitive response to normal sensatations.K.
 

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You may be sensing a normal sensation as pain. Something that your brain shouldn't be told about is getting through and interpreted as pain.It is common in IBSers to have problems like this.Often the rectum is hypersensitive to being filled up, so it sends pain signals when it shouldn't, but I think it could happen in other places.Sometimes it is you sensing spasms as pain. Usually antispasmodic mediction will reduce this. Antidepressants actually calm down the over-sensitive response to normal sensatations.K.
 

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Some ideas, none are all that good, esp since some are not so good at "after the fact" gas.Generally hebally we are talking Fennel (anti-gas) and Peppermint (antispasmodic).Typical use of fennel is after each meal, I don't know if it helps as much taken once you got flatulent.Simethicone may help (OTC drug) but it has to be co-located with the gas so is more for burping in the short term, but some people taking simethicone with each meal may find help.Digestive Enzymes with Pancreatic Enzymes in them may help with bloating, but that again is usually a take with meals kinda thing to prevent issues down the road.Peppermint will work on spasms you have now, if spasms are part of what may be making you feel bloated, or are preventing the gas moving along.K.
 

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Some ideas, none are all that good, esp since some are not so good at "after the fact" gas.Generally hebally we are talking Fennel (anti-gas) and Peppermint (antispasmodic).Typical use of fennel is after each meal, I don't know if it helps as much taken once you got flatulent.Simethicone may help (OTC drug) but it has to be co-located with the gas so is more for burping in the short term, but some people taking simethicone with each meal may find help.Digestive Enzymes with Pancreatic Enzymes in them may help with bloating, but that again is usually a take with meals kinda thing to prevent issues down the road.Peppermint will work on spasms you have now, if spasms are part of what may be making you feel bloated, or are preventing the gas moving along.K.
 
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