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Hi all. I was just recently diagnosed with IBS, but from what I've been reading on here, mine is pretty mild. I have my days though. My question is; the pain that everyone refers to, exactly what does it feel like? Because what I get isn't so much pain as just an extreme 'butterflies' feeling-so uncomfortable! Very weak too, with sweaty palms and overheating. Like I'm going to be sick, but I never throw up, just get D. I only have gotten bad cramps once, do you all get them often?Thanks!
 

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I think you will find it varies alot. The butterfly effect has been mentioned by others. Other than ocassional lower level pain that was usually relieved by D, my pain problems were centered in the stomach (GERD). Of course, many, many have all out attacks. Since an ultimate cause for all of this has not been found, it is likely that we all have different contributing factors with different levels of symptom discomfort.Mark
 

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Melgirl,Symptoms can vary a lot from person to person. The more severe pain being described as feeling like labor pains which is what I can get and I call them spasms. I've read a lot of post that describe the feelings you are having also.
 
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I am new here too! I have read everything here myself during the past couple of days, and I feel that mine is mild also. I don't really get pain (except every once in a while during D). I mostly get an uncomfortable and bloated feeling for quite a while, then the D comes. Then I'm uncomfortable again, then D again and this goes back and forth. Sometimes the uncomfortable feeling can help me, because then I can take Immodium before the D comes, but most of the time, it's too late and there is nothing I can do at that point. Lately, I have been getting urgent D, which is new for me. I have been reading everything on here about the daily usage of fiber, calcium and immodium because I think that if I find what works for me, I will at least be able to feel more comfortable on a daily basis and be able to stop the urgent D. I haven't been able to figure out if I have any trigger foods. I have stopped all dairy for a while and that didn't help. Then I thought it might be aspartame in diet sodas, etc. and stopped that for a new months, but still no. Daily fiber helped for a while, but then it stopped working. This Board has been a wealth of information! I'm glad to know I'm not alone too.
 

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Josie,I'm an 18 year sufferer, and like you have little pain.I wouldn't call what I get like butterflies...but there is a definite unsettled feeling when I know my bowels are going to act up. Until I started on fiber, my typical week would be 2 really bad days of morning D...followed by days of C...and especially the first day after a bad day,my system would feel very calm...I really felt "normal". However (there is always a however) I have also had bouts of urgent D, just brought on by stress even following a bad day.You've tried fiber I see...but it's the latest thing I have been trying every day and it really helps me with the urgency and forming my stool so it is not watery. I get little gas from it. (I have tried many, many medications over the years...still use imodium and anit-anxiety..oh yes, and calcium)YOu will find things that help you, I'm sure. And as you are learning, it is so different for us all. I think not having the bad pain is a blessing, as it seems to be a major symptom for most with IBS-both D and C.Jeanne
 
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The trouble with me is trying too many things at once...then I never know which is the thing that helped! It's very frustrating! I just want to feel better or at least "normal" and it takes so long to figure out how to help yourself. I'm glad I found this forum because I would never have known to try the calcium. I'm fortunate (I think) that I'm rarely C. Even if I took maximum dosage of Immodium, I would still be able to go the next day. I see on the boards that morning D is very common. That is interesting. For me, it's the opposite. I tend to get mine in the afternoon/evenings. That is why I thought that some foods could be triggering it, but it happens so often, that can't be it. Perhaps like you said, it could be stress as well. I should keep track of that too.
 
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