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Hello, just looking for anybody with similar situation who can say "could be IBS" and do you have any suggestions.Boring facts:-1. 50year old male slightly overweight; medium-good fitness2. I've been constipated for as long as I can remember3. Lower right discomfort started 12months ago; main other sympton is stomach distention4. have had physical exam; ultra-sound and colonoscopy; no problems; specialist says IBS is current diagnosis5. constipation is being treated with macrogol (eg movicol, laxido) which I take occasionally to soften stools; toilet visits never have been and are not regular;6. IBS treatment has only started recently; Dicycloverine hydrochloride (e.g. Merbentyl) no affect; Peppermint oil (Colpermin) - possibly betterMain discomfort used to on a fixed bike (for exercise); lower right discomfort felt like a smooth tennis ball object aprox where you get a stichThen AFTER the colonoscopy the discomfort alternates between centre and right; very fast cycling results in center discomfort and then gradually eases off.The other thing I've noticed during exercise is that I'm not breathing as easily as I used to; feels like the bottom of my right-hand lung is being restricted.So, lots of little clues. Could this be IBS? Could this be something different? Somebody has suggested (seriously) to try yoga. But this sort of treatment makes me laugh I'm afraid; I'm very sceptical. I think I'd also struggle with a diet change (my diet is quite high is carbohydrates but I do like my bread, albeit wholemeal).Thanks for listening.
 

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I'm a 54 year old woman and I can understand your symptoms. I have experienced the same thing - I would say it is IBS.My recommendation? Get over the excuses and cut out all wheat bread and foods containing wheat (yes, you may love it, but it may be the cause of your problem) for a couple of weeks.Also, the yoga is good advise. The IBS is made worse from stress and when we are in pain the stress from pain just compounds the problem into a vicious cycle. If you balk at yoga, get your ass out side and take up jogging. Slowly build up until you can run for half an hour. The endorphins from running is a huge stress release. Exercise really helps constipation and the general pumping of your circulation will increase your health. The stationary bike has you sitting on your butt and doesn't help the same way.Eat more cooked vegetables.Drink a lot of water (not coffee or pop)The constipation is creating the lower right pain and the stress from the pain is making it worse. The diet change and exercise will help and the benefits are a win win situation.Tell yourself you will commit to this for 6 weeks. This is not long. Evaluate after this.
 

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Thanks for your reply. Its good to hear from somebody who recognises the symptoms. I've just finished a course of Colpermin and the stomach distention is improved and lower-right pain during exercise is not too bad. There is still constant lower-right discomfort but bearable. Personal stress is low at present.Yoga - I doubt I have the will-power; exercise - its Summer in the UK and I'm using my bike more, and walking more; jogging may be a step too far.Bread. Could try cutting out starches for a couple of weeks. That'd mean no beer either? Very tricky. Will give this a try after our trip to Scandinavia. Thanks for the suggestion. I always had an idea that cereal might have something to do with this.Cooked veg. Tick.Water. I understand this too. Will probably do my severe headaches good too!Will report back in abaout a month. thanks again.
 

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Also have your thyroid checked by a doctor who will run the Free T4 and Free T3 test, not just the TSH. Lifelong constipation could be a symptom of lifelong hypothyroidism. And a plain old TSH test will not pick this up in some cases.
 

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Hey buddy sounds excately like my painI had it for years on and off and im only 33I found a suppliment helps like aleo vera or kiwifruit tabletsAlso what the lady up there said about pop and coffee I have been a lot better since I cut right down of fizzy drinks but i do drink a bit too much coffee.I think walking or exercise is goodAlso mine is not pain its just discomfort so im leaving to live with it lolBut Id love to find a pain killer or something that would help
 

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...Also mine is not pain its just discomfort so im leaving to live with it lolBut Id love to find a pain killer or something that would help
Know what you mean about the pain vs discomfort thing. I'm better than before but feel bloated/tight in the morning for some reason.Re a "pain killer" try Colpermin if you can get it -> Colpermine
 

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Hey man thanks im gonna buy some of that here we have mintex i think its the same sort of stuff peppermint oil tabletsI will order some this week and try themread my new topic thread i just posted
 

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Ok, lower-right discomfort is coming back (it never really went away). Even with peppermint oil. Along with the usual stomach and testicle distention.Should try and "stay off wheat" for a couple of weeks but that would be hard for me. Guess I could also verify I'm not a celiac. (Unlikely with constipation).
 

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Ok, lower-right discomfort is coming back (it never really went away). Even with peppermint oil. Along with the usual stomach and testicle distention.Should try and "stay off wheat" for a couple of weeks but that would be hard for me. Guess I could also verify I'm not a celiac. (Unlikely with constipation).
The pain must come from pressure build up from gas.Do you have any bladder pain?I've heard the bladder or pelvic pain can mess up the cecum.
 

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1 year (ish) after reporting my IBS and about 2 years after it started, I think its mainly gone. Exercise pain is now limited to the odd stitch and lower back problem but the lower right pain has gone over the last few months. What made the difference? Its either the colonoscopy or reduced stress. But I think I still had problems after the colonoscopy. (my theory is that the colonoscopy moved things about and improved things somehow.) Now to find a forum for chronic constipation...which I think will always be there...Thanks.
 

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Hi mine had nearly gone all together and i have been bad with my diet still.I do try but its been hardI did a total body detox that really helped was hard to follow for ten days i cheated a bit lol but after that I was sore then nothing for months apart from the odd bit here and thereBut ive been a lot more active too so I would say that would help
 
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