New to board, but hoping someone will recognize this pain. The pain starts in the soft spot just below the sternum between the lower ribs, it pushes straight through to the center of my back (like being impaled on a pole or something) and eventually spreads around my ribcage. Once it reaches my sides, any movement makes it feel like my ribs will shatter. Abdomen just under center of ribcage will push out and becomes tender to the touch. This will last for hours and sometimes days with no letup. Nothing provides relief (pain meds, gi cocktails, antacids, nothing)and it is a constant pain 7 or 8 out of 10. I have been to multiple drs (GI series, barium enemas oh what fun!, multiple ultrasounds, and other various tests). Gallbladder, ulcers, hernias, all the upper abdominal issues have been ruled out.Over the years I have identified a few food triggers and avoid them like the plague. The episodes are worse around the time of my period and often follow within a day or two of a migraine. New Doc thinks I may have IBS (constant diarhea, emergency trips to the bathroom, etc. + this pain) and has started me on anti-spasm medication. He is suggesting a colonoscopy if I don't get significant relief (3 full days on meds and no improvement so far). No other doctor has ever mentioned IBS in 20 years. I just wondered if anyone else recognizes this pain as IBS and has found a way to relieve it. Also what is the take on the colonoscopy? Are there other less invasive tests that could be done first?