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I posted on here a while back but it was LONG and I got no replies, so here I am again. At the end of May I began getting right sided pains. I've had them everyday for about four months! I've been to the doctor and ER several times and had multiple tests run (xrays, ultrasound, urine tests, blood tests, CT scan) and they all come back fine. I get the pains mainly on my right side, but they radiate all the time. Sometimes they are lower, sometimes higher, sometimes around my belly button and sometimes on the left(rarely), and my groin and thigh area gets random dull throbbing pains sometimes as well. The pains change from intensity, sometimes it's a dull ache almost and sometimes they can be very sharp and throbbing and ugh! It's not like a cramp, it's like a poking pain. I get cramping in my stomach area and under my ribs occasionally too. The first time I went to the doctor back in May when they started she said I was just constipated which I guess thinking about it I do get constipated often. I don't really know what "regular" is. I'm scared that this is chronic appendicitis even though doctors and my parents keep telling me it isn't. I'm scared and stressed out. I'm sixteen and I live in constant fear of having another "attack" of pain and something happening. I don't go to friends houses or parties or anything. I've become a hermit pretty much. It's miserable. :'( I'm about to go back to the doctor soon for like the seventh time in about four months and I already know I'm going to be told the same thing, they don't know what it is. It's getting ridiculous and I hate it. No one should have to live in pain or fear of anything.
Please help! Do these pains sound like IBS-C? Sorry this is so long, again.
(also I accidentally spelled "please" wrong in the title. SORRY!)
 

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Have you seen our symptoms chart? Just click here to get there:http://www.ibsgroup.org/symptomsHere is a good description of constipation:http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation/What diagnosis/reason have your Dr's given you for this pain?
The first time I went she thought it may be a cyst on my ovary, but that was ruled out with the ultrasound so she said it was constipation. Then when I went to the ER or severe stomach cramping and pain in the right side they said it was just a virus, then when I went back to my doctor again she said it was mettleshmertz, I totally spelled that wrong but it's just like pain you get during ovulation with your ovaries, which doesn't make sense because I get pains all around not just in that one area. :/ Now they are basically giving up on me and saying they don't know what it is.
 

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Did you read the information I gave you about constipation??? Do your symptoms sounds familiar to that? If so what are you using to treat the constipation?
 

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Did you read the information I gave you about constipation??? Do your symptoms sounds familiar to that? If so what are you using to treat the constipation?
Yes, some of my symptoms sound like that! When my doctor first said it was constipation she put me on miralax which made me sick! It is supposed to be a stool softener, but it made me really sick with diarrhea and pain and all so I quit taking that. I eat a lot of cheese and junk. My dad thinks all my problems would be solved with cutting out cheese from my diet, but can cheese cause constipation pains and all for like four months? Other than taking gas x's and ibuprofen daily and drinking water, that's all I'm really doing. Ibuprofen isn't doing anything. I think I'm immune to it because I never get any type of relief from it, so I kinda don't know what else to do. My doctor did prescribe naproxen when she said it was mettlesmertz and I took it once and it didn't do anything either and I haven't taken it since.
 

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I posted on here a while back but it was LONG and I got no replies, so here I am again. At the end of May I began getting right sided pains. I've had them everyday for about four months! I've been to the doctor and ER several times and had multiple tests run (xrays, ultrasound, urine tests, blood tests, CT scan) and they all come back fine. I get the pains mainly on my right side, but they radiate all the time. Sometimes they are lower, sometimes higher, sometimes around my belly button and sometimes on the left(rarely), and my groin and thigh area gets random dull throbbing pains sometimes as well. The pains change from intensity, sometimes it's a dull ache almost and sometimes they can be very sharp and throbbing and ugh! It's not like a cramp, it's like a poking pain. I get cramping in my stomach area and under my ribs occasionally too. The first time I went to the doctor back in May when they started she said I was just constipated which I guess thinking about it I do get constipated often. I don't really know what "regular" is. I'm scared that this is chronic appendicitis even though doctors and my parents keep telling me it isn't. I'm scared and stressed out. I'm sixteen and I live in constant fear of having another "attack" of pain and something happening. I don't go to friends houses or parties or anything. I've become a hermit pretty much. It's miserable. :'( I'm about to go back to the doctor soon for like the seventh time in about four months and I already know I'm going to be told the same thing, they don't know what it is. It's getting ridiculous and I hate it. No one should have to live in pain or fear of anything.
Please help! Do these pains sound like IBS-C? Sorry this is so long, again.
(also I accidentally spelled "please" wrong in the title. SORRY!)
I've been having the SAME issues for a few weeks now, and my doctor doesn't seem to have the answer either, but she ALSO told me to try cutting out cheese (i love cheese) for a few days, as well as my probiotic, to see if that made any difference. She thinks it's "trapped gas". I have IBS, Crohn's, and GERD, and have already been taking Gas-X occasionally but I have the same symptoms as you do. And even though the pain or cramping/bloating radiate, it always seems to go back to the right side, making me fear that it's appendicitis. My doctor pushed on my stomach, asked me some questions, and point blank told me it wasn;t that. I had her take my blood, and should find out the results today or tomorrow, then will see my GI specialist depending on the outcome. I know how you feel, though. I am beyond frustrated and worried about this, and it prevents me sometimes from doing what I want to do and just living my life. SO frustrating.
 

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but can cheese cause constipation pains and all for like four months?
If you are eating it daily.. for some people it can cause constipation. You could be one of them. Also eating "junk" isn't helping you. So try to cut that out completely. Eat more veggies.. salads.. etc.Maybe the dose of Miralax was too strong for you. Why not either try lowering the dose or use just a PLAIN stool softener until you can have more regular & softer BM's?Peppermint is a natural antispasmodic.. so try drinking peppermint tea or using peppermint capsules or some folks have been help by even using a very strong mint.. like Altoids. Peppermint then may help your cramping & pain.So to sum up.. clean up your diet. (Drop cheese out for a bit..like a week or two) then see how you feel. If one tends towards constipation.... that means one needs to tend to IT everyday... so another words... "treat" it and be mindful of it everyday and you will probably feel better.
 

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Generally foods don't have a mechanism to actively constipate a person.However, a lot of foods don't have anything in them that makes stools soft and easy to pass. So if you eat a lot of "nothing to help the BM" foods you generally don't eat a lot of the "makes BMs easy to pass" foods. So the are "constipating" but only indirectly.So if you eat a lot of cheese rather than whole grains, fruits and veggies you may find you are more constipated then when you don't eat much cheese so you have to eat something else. It does depend on what you replace the cheese with.
 

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I get nauseous easily too and lose my appetite a lot. Like today at school I felt like I had to throw up and I just felt ugh. I'm getting the pains and it's scaring me that it's my appendix. With chronic appendicitis, does your appendix area "grumble" like your stomach would. My right side does and I'm wondering if you can get those grumbling sounds with either IBS or chronic appendicitis. I figured since chromic appendicitis is also called grumbling appendicitis then it could. I also get like tenderness in that area and just the pains change constantly and I hate it. I'm miserable. I want to cry. I really don't want to have this be my appendix. I'm terrified of surgery and ugh it hurts and I'm just so scared.
if it was IBS I could live with it but I just hate this.
 

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ohhhitsmb,Hon I think your Dr would have discovered if your appendix was causing this by now. You would have other symptoms besides a bit of noise. Please do not minimize how painful IBS can be! Trust me.... many of us have very painful days. I used to have horrific pain. (I used the IBS 100 Audioprgram and nothing helped me more to manage my pain than that.... nothing! Please see our CBT/Hypnotherapy Forum for more info)So try to relax and accept his diagnosis. The more upset and overly concerned you are.. the more pain you are apt to feel.Also...Like I said ... try using the ginger capsules to quell the nausea.Hope you feel better.
 

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I just really don't want to have to have surgery or die. I'm terrified of it. I'm sick of going to doctors and being told they don't know what is wrong with me. Abdominal pain for four months everyday is not normal and for a sixteen year old hypochondriac, it's really scary and stressful. Can you get nauseous from IBS? Because I get like that every so often and lose my appetite. I just feel miserable. Every one at school goes out and enjoys themselves and I'm constantly panicking about my pain because I'm worried I'll be somewhere and something will happen and it'll just be bad. I know I'm a worry wart, it's just all really scary and ugh. I just want it to go away:(
 

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IBS is chronic, so it isn't normal, but it is very common for IBS pain to last for a long time.You should have a minimum of 6 weeks of symptoms over the course of 6 months (so at least symptoms on 7 days per month, but can be every day) before they give you an IBS diagnosis.Sometimes the big part of getting IBS to calm down is treating the worry and anxiety, so you may need to talk to the doctor or a therapist about working on that. Getting control of that earlier in life is a lot better for people anyway.Some people get nausea with IBS (either because pain does that to them anyway or because they also have some functional stuff going on up top as well).Most of the time if it is your appendix you are dead within a week or two, so that it has gone on so long tends to mean it isn't that.
 

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IBS is chronic, so it isn't normal, but it is very common for IBS pain to last for a long time.You should have a minimum of 6 weeks of symptoms over the course of 6 months (so at least symptoms on 7 days per month, but can be every day) before they give you an IBS diagnosis.Sometimes the big part of getting IBS to calm down is treating the worry and anxiety, so you may need to talk to the doctor or a therapist about working on that. Getting control of that earlier in life is a lot better for people anyway.Some people get nausea with IBS (either because pain does that to them anyway or because they also have some functional stuff going on up top as well).Most of the time if it is your appendix you are dead within a week or two, so that it has gone on so long tends to mean it isn't that.
My doctor did give me a list of people I should talk to, I was just hesitant about it because I don't want to have people think I'm crazy. I mean, I know tons of people see counselors, it's just I'd feel uncomfortable. Like, I just don't see how talking to someone could solve my anxiety and hypochondria. (my doctor has also "diagnosed" me with those) But I guess I should give it a try, my mom thinks I need to also because I walk around twenty four seven with my hands glued to my right side. It's like a security thing, I just do it like checking for rebound pain and I'm not sure why, it just feels like it'll make it feel better. I don't know really. I understand after reading stories of how IBS suffers pain can be so miserable. I definitely sympathize for them, because even though I may not get the exact pains and symptoms of some people, I just know how miserable it must be. I'm pretty sure my dad has IBS-D because he's always having to leave things and find bathrooms. He's like me and is scared of doctors so he would never go to find out if he has it. He just tries to live with it. So as much as I'd feel "bad" saying it, I'd feel relieved if I find out that it is IBS, it'd put my mind at ease of the whole not knowing what it is thing. IBS won't kill you really from what I've read, so if it is that, I'll learn to adapt and live with the pains. It's just the nagging thought of appendicitis or misdiagnosis that make me feel ten times worse. To get diagnosed with IBS, would you go to a gastroenterologist doctor? I've just been seeing my regular whenever I'm sick doctor and the doctor at the ER when I went one night for what apparently turned out to be a virus. I think my doctor said I should go see one, but I haven't really had time with school starting up again.
 

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I've had these right sided pains and problems you describe for nearly 3 yrs. I'm male so it can't be some ovary ;D but let me reassure you - it's not appendicitis. If it was it would've shown on the blood work (ESR, WBC, CRP, etc.)If you can't overcome the anxiety you should consult your doc.
 

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I've had these right sided pains and problems you describe for nearly 3 yrs. I'm male so it can't be some ovary ;D but let me reassure you - it's not appendicitis. If it was it would've shown on the blood work (ESR, WBC, CRP, etc.)If you can't overcome the anxiety you should consult your doc.
I'm male too and have been having these issues for quite some time, especially on the right side. Do you find the pain also radiates to the center of the belly too, and even to the groin and upper thighs? Also fatigue and just general malaise? I'm pretty much having a really bad spell of IBS for the past 3 weeks and had blood taken a few days ago. I always mention appendicitis and my doctor always tells me it's not. I'm beginning to think she thinks I'm nuts!
 

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My pains radiate to my belly button area and groin and thigh too! I went to my school nurse today because I figure I may as well try to get as much help or whatever as possible. She said it could be chronic appendicitis...which completely made my day miserable. She also said I need to go see a GI doctor. I'm pretty much lost at this point. Every pain I get I freak out at and I'm terrified to go to a GI because I don't want to get a camera down my throat and if it is my appendix I don't want surgery. I'm terrified of it and this is just so frustrating. I just want the pains to go away. I've been getting nauseous lately, mainly in the mornings, but let me assure you I'm NOT pregnant. I'm sixteen for cryin' out loud. Haha. But I get like that and it usually goes away sometime during the day, but it's just all so miserable. I just want to be able to live without being in constant pain and fear.
 

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I know this may sound gross, but I just got diarrhea. Is it normal with IBS to be constipated and then get that? It was random I felt really sick and ran to the bathroom and then it happened. I am still getting pains right now. In my hip area and lower abdomen area. :/ I'm going to take some ibuprofen and find some peppermint tea for something to see if it can soothe the spasms. They change feeling constantly throughout the day. Sometimes they are dull throbbing aches, sometimes really sharp oh my gosh pains, and sometimes they just hurt. Like they are really hard to describe.
 

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Yep it is normal for anyone to sometimes get diarrhea after constipation (depending on how backed up they get).One of the ways the body "flushes" the hard, dry, hard to pass stool out is with looser, wetter stools (diarrhea consistency).It is more common in IBS and why "alternating diarrhea and constipation" has been used as one of the symptoms for IBS. Just not everyone will alternate, but a lot of people will. Usually preventing a bad back up will prevent the diarrhea.
 
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