The swelling is inflammatory, (arthritic)Like Kathleen said about costachondritis, some people with IBD get the associated arthritis (like lucky little me) and I have some arthritic inflammation in the sternum as well, it doesn't 'feel' like arthritic pain like I get in my back or hips, it feels like chest pain, like maybe what a heart attack would feel like. I would definitely talk to yur doc. If it was arthritic it may help in getting you a real diagnosis, at least distinguishing between IBD & IBS.
I personally dont think its normal. Yet somehow ive been living with it for 7 years and there seems to be little concern from any doctor. >shrug< so I guess it must not be killing me... :*( not directly at least.quote:Originally posted by Lynne patten:I have IBS C for about a year and a half. Stopped the zelnorm because it was not helping 4 months ago. Is it normal to have constant pain in my stomach all day long? I have gone naturally with metamecial and prune juice. When I wake up in the morning my stomach hurts and continues all day long. Ihave tried supplements etc but no relief. This all started a year and half ago when I had a scope done and the dr said I had mild gastris and then all the IBS started after that. Please tell me this stomach pain is normal. Sometimes I get so exhausted from it, I have to lie done for an hour. Plus you almost feel your having a heart attack with pressure of the stomach.Lynne