hey alli am new to the board. i have been diagnosed w acid reflux and am responding well to the medication. im thinking i also may have ibs though. lately, i have been getting this excruciating pain in the lower abdominal area. its hard to desribe. i would think its in the colon area though. the pain is all below my waist, and i can feel it in the front and back. i feel pretty bloated in just this area, and it seems whenever i need to release gas, i get this extremely sharp pain in the area. as soon as it is released, the pain subsides for the most part but the discomfort is still there. it feels like there is some kind of contraction in this area. whenever i push using this area or when i even just run or step, i feel the pain a little. it is a feeling like i am really blocked up when it is not sharp. i have used the bathroom today so i dont think it is constipation. this is relativley new to me, so needless to say im a little scared. this has been going on for a few days, after i took immodium ad to combat symptoms while travelling. does this sound familiar to anyone, or should i be freaking out about this? thanks in advance.