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I have IBS-D and also chronic left sided abdominal pain, its there 24/7, no tablets or low dose antidepressants have been able to take the pain away, some days I cry in pain. I saw the gastro specialist monday and he is sending me to a pain management clinic to see if anything can be done for me. There is a 8-10 week wait for an appointment though. What am I supposed to do in the meantime, anyone got any suggestions, please. ? and has anyone been to a pain management clinic and benefited from it. ?
 

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Hanging out in your dreading the wait will not make the pain any better, so try not to think about how far away it is. When you get into the dread try to switch that to hope that they may be able to help.I wish I could guarantee that they will make you all better (or at least get the pain to where you can deal with it). I can't, but it sounds like a good next step to take for you.I've done biofeedback for migraines which was at a wellness center but part of what they did was pain management (as less pain generally increases wellness) so they usually have a number of things they can use to help you feel better.Other than the usual try a heating pad, take a hot bath, drink peppermint tea if you can I don't have much else to offer, other than if gas volume seems to increase pain try a low carb diet and try eating small frequent meals so you don't have big spikes in colon activity from a large meal after a long time of not eating...so 300-400 calories every 3-4 hours or so even if that means eating 5X a day rather than 3 to get your calories in.
 

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Thank you Kathleen, I have tried heat pads and warm baths and hot water bottles and peppermint tea, unfortunately the imodium I have to take daily doesnt help with the pain as I am told it can make the pain worse. Its just so hard trying to cope every day when in so much pain, I would rather give birth.
 

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HiI have been to a Pain Managment clinic before and also waited a long time for my appointment.The doctor will go through several different options with you from medications he/she thinks you should try to sending you to other specialist for second opinions. Mine actually got me straight in with a Clinical Psychologist who I had several sessions with until we reached a dead end (as I believe my condition is medical and not psychosymatic). Hopefully your pain management consultation will open many more avenues for you to explore to help manage your IBS!Steph.
 
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