Spasms, pain and gas. IBS?

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GreenT603a7
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   Posted 2/12/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I had a horrendous health year last year ( Lyme disease and open Heart Surgery). I am only 28 years old and I thought things were getting better until this stuff with my stomach started. My pain is pretty much on the left side. Never just one spot, all up and down in a C pattern on my left. Sometimes my whole abdomen will get crampy, gassy, but then it resumes on the left side. I have been getting LOTS of spasms in my abdomen as well. The spasms occur pretty much everywhere, but can sometimes stay on the left side . I also have them through out my body- arms, legs, etc. I feel my heart beat in my stomach alot, which I know is normal, but it seems stronger than usual. I am pretty much constipated all the time, with moments of loose stools, mucus. It doesn't seem to matter if i have eaten or not, and it doesn't seem to be effected by certain foods. Sometimes it feels like I swallowed a golf ball then it goes away and comes back in cramping all around my abdomen. I am under a HUGE amount of stress, not only because I am still trying to get better, but I am taking care of my mother who is dying of cancer.

I am kinda freaking out because I don't think I can handle another major health problem. I keep worrying I have colon cancer or something. Any help?

Keriamon
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   Posted 2/12/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I've heard that Lyme Disease is very hard to get rid of, and that the effects of it can actually last a lifetime. As best I recall, bowel problems are associated with it. :-(

Still, have you checked with your doctor to see if maybe your current problems are linked to linger Lyme Disease and if there's some additional treatments you might try?

While it will certainly make you feel better to get a colonoscopy (which looks for colon cancer), or, at the very least, a blood test, colon cancer is pretty rare in young people--it's a disease that doesn't usually start showing up until middle age and, especially, in the senior years--and is especially rare in young people without a family history of colon cancer (as far as I know, there is no link between a family history of some other kind of cancer and colon cancer, but, like I said, you can always get a colonoscopy to ease your mind, and that will also check for other, lower colon problems).

Stress, especially after having such bad health last year, may be a large part of your problems. It certainly doesn't help existing problems, that's for sure. Have you thought about ways to try and lessen the stress, such meeting with a therapist, a group (I know there are groups out there for people with a family member with cancer--ask at your local hospital or look in your newspaper), or Asian forms of meditation/yoga/tai chi?

Have you seen a doctor about getting prescription anti-spasmodics? They're very much hit-or-miss, so you may have to try several to find one that works for you.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/12/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this will maybe not make sense but it is regards to the spasms. Are you getting enough exercise? Mainly like stretching exercise. I have had the spasms like you are referring to and it was mainly my muscles screaming for some help. Since you have had so many medical problems it may be that you need some simple stretching exercises. I am so sorry about your Mom and what an awful year you had and are having. I think the idea of yoga, tai chi would be very helpful for you metally and physically.

GreenT603a7
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   Posted 2/12/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, thanks for your replies-- There is a definite lack of muscle in my body. I used to be an athlete in high school and college and in this last year I spent virtually doing nothing. I joined a gym last week and am going to do Yoga once a week too. I have been doing light cardio, and swimming cause it is easy on my joints.

This might sounds strange, but I started taking a Vitimin B complex and magnesium and i found that the spasms subside when I take it regularly. I started taking it for dizziness and headaches from the darn lyme disease. I haven't been able to take it at all this week so maybe that is the reason for the influx of symptoms all of a sudden.

Has anyone else tried these supplements?

I will try more stretching, I think sitting( especially for long periods of time)makes my tummy hurt worse. Does anyone else find this?

Standing is ok, I just always have these weird gurgling,gassy, bubble sensations going on that are anoying and painful.

I think I will go see a gastro to ease my mind.

thanks again.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/12/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have taken Vitamin B complex but I had a friend that had to stop it because of terrible stomach problems and acid problems so watch for that. She went thru all kinds of tests and finally figured it out on her own. As for Magnesium it is good for cramping but I think you have to watch dosage as too much is not good. It sounds like you are on the right track.  Vitamin B is for stress. I love the gurgling cause then I know things are moving. Since you say you are out of shape I would expect more spasms for a while as the muscles and tendons are worked. I don't think sitting is that good as it sqooshes everything up. also, I am much more constipated when I sit too much. Walking really gets the gas moving, not always at the opportune time though.

Post Edited (Canyonbabe711) : 2/12/2008 7:15:26 PM (GMT-7)


Keriamon
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   Posted 2/12/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Stress also makes your muscles tighten up (and not in a good way). It also makes you have terrible posture. Check your posture right now while you're sitting, and again at random when you are walking and see if you aren't slumping.

Have you had anyone test your vitamin levels? You might be missing more than just B and magnesium (magnesium is a natural laxative, so that's good if you have C but not good if you have D). I found out that one of my medicines can cause a vitamin deficency, and when I started a multi vitamin, it made such a HUGE difference! I don't feel run down all the time and don't get sick as frequently.

Newmother
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   Posted 2/12/2008 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey G-
 I have bad constipation as well.. and I too can't find a pattern. I get terrible spasms basically all over my stomach-but i dont have much pain, just terrible discomfort in upper ab area and it gets worse sitting down for long periods- i haven't had a colonoscopy so i always think the worst-like colon cancer but it is true it's rare in young people. I'm 22, and this all starte after i had my daughter in August- Doc says it'll go away once my stress and anxiety are gone- but yes i have gas-spasms-not too much pain though, mainly discomfort but it might as well be pain- It keeps me from doing alot- but hopefully things will get better- i started taking a vitaman as well and oh try raisin bran every morning! Too much fiber doesn't work for me but one bowl of Raisin Bran helps me sooo much. Best of luck to you
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