Itâ€™s now 6:30am. I haven't been able to sleep because of the pain. I managed to go out with a few friends this evening, but no alcohol for me. The times I've had this pain in the lower-left region of my abdomen it's been due to alcohol in some way or another (in the past it hasn't mattered how little or how much but it's the only link I can find). It feels like my stomach is about to rumble, but just doesn't and is causing a fair amount of pain and discomfort. I've tried many times to go to the toilet today, but little if nothing is escaping. As I mentioned, I've had this a few times in the past and the pain usually lasts for about 3-4 days (today will be the 3rd on this occasion). The only way I can cope with it is with very long showers with the stream aimed at my stomach, or very hot baths; lying in bed doesn't alleviate the pain, and makes me concentrate all the more on how uncomfortable I am. I remember last year when I had an attack I was living in university halls of residence. We had a very large, powerful shower and it was my haven for 2 days - I ate when I could manage to without gagging, slept and read in there and right now I wish I still lived there instead of in my own house. I would very much like to have a shower right now, but my housemates will not be happy if I wake them up. At least on the bright side, I'm not vomiting this time and I can just about function so long as I don't have to move with any great speed. I'm sure you've all heard this before, but I just need to vent because the pain is so very frustrating and all I wish for right now is for it to go away so I can sleep.R.