Hi!! First off just let me say, sorry that you are feeling bad with the IBS and left side pain. Which form of the IBS do you have, diarrhea or constipation? Secondly, if you are hurting and worried, please call or go see your doctor and let them know about your concerns. Now for my suggestion on what MIGHT be causing your pain. Have you ever heard of something call diverticulitis? From what I understand from my doc. sometimes little pockets form on your intestines and food can get stuck in there and get infected. Maybe that could be causing your pain and bulge? Again, I stress upon you, please call your doctor if you are worried, and if you are not pleased with you current doctor, get another one!!!!
Take care and let me know how you are doing. (if you want to)
I am glad that you have had the colonoscopy. What was that like? (I might have to have one sometime) Why are your docs ignoring the left side pain? I guess I am just one of these kinds of people that if I hurt some where, I want an explanation as to why, if I cant figured it our for myself. I am usually an IBS-D, but after I came back from vacation a few weeks ago, I experienced the "lovely" constipation part. I was so bloated and hurt so bad, it actually took me over a week to start feeling better! If you feel like your doctors are not giving you the care you need, go find one that will!!! PLEASE! I am so sorry to hear about your miscarrages, I to have experienced that. If you ever wanna chat/email whatever, my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org that is my yahoo messenger id also if you have that.
Hi, I was just wondering how you are feeling these days. Are you still having the left sided pain? Have you found out what could be causing it? Hope all is well!
Hi, my name's Kay and I've had ibs and diverticulitis for some years now. I don't get to this site often or I would have answered sooner. I get left side pain quite often when I have an ibs attack. I have a book that describes the bowel activity of ibs and it says that the muscles of the colon can spasm uncontrollaby during an attack, causing considerable pain. The colon has muscles that run lengthwise and also ring like muscles that help squeeze out the stool like an icing squeezer. In ibs sufferers the timing of the ring muscle contractions gets messed up and if one spasms shut it can be painful enough in itself but it can also cause a blockage, trapping gas and stool. I've heard peppermint oil is a helpful antispasmodic that can help releive the pain but I've never tried it myself - I do drink peppermint tea though and I find it helps relax the bowel a bit. My doctor suggested an antiflammatory that I can't remember the name of as I can't take antiinflammatories due to another disease I have. But it sounded like it was a common treatment for ibs so your doctor should know about it.
I've found the best relief for ibs symptoms is to discover and avoid your trigger foods, it seems not all of us have them but a lot of us do. I only get attacks now when I can't control my impulses to have a few beers or chocolate - which is getting rarer and rarer as I prove it to myself over and over again.
Good luck finding some relief,
Hi All, I just Googled "left side ache" b/c I have it off and on for years and then found this site. I haven't had it as much lately and, after reading your comments, I think I know why. Almost 3 years ago, I had the ELISA blood test done because I was ALWAYS sick - either starting to get a sinus infection, bronchitis or pneumonia or just getting over one. The purpose of the test is to check for delayed immune response allergies. Basically, that means that it affects you further down the pipe; not usually immediately after you eat or touch what your body is intolerant to.
The ELISA test results told me that I was allergic to eggs and bananas (which I was eating everyday), pineapple, asparagus and a few other minor ones. I immediately started avoiding all the high reaction foods and within a couple of weeks was feeling amazingly improved and the cycle of repiratory illnesses subsided and then stopped. I didn't know exactly how all the different foods affected me, but over the years as I've accidently eaten some of them I've found most of them out. For me, I experience IBS symptoms when I eat oats. For a while I was eating Cheerios almost everyday because I had been told to avoid eggs at all costs (oats was a "minor" allergy for me so I had overlooked it). Once I got the major ones out of my diet I realized I was still feeling the IBS symptoms (which my naturopath has associated with a lot of food allergies), so we went through my list again and looked at the remaining ones. I switched from multi-grain breads to only whole wheat and threw out the Cheerios. Every once in a while, though, I get a major craving for them (don't know why but I do). I had some soy milk I had bought when I couldn't have dairy b/c of a bout of colitis some anti-biotics had given me and decided to finish it off by getting a box of the multi-grain Cheerios, thinking that would be better than all oats. I ate them 4 days in a row and for the last 2 days I have been having left side pain again along with gas and bloating. After doing this a few times now, I know it's the oats!
All that to say that if you have IBS symptoms (or any inflammatory condition that won't go away) I would HIGHLY recommend that you ask your naturopath about the ELISA blood test. The AMA is still behind the game on the concept and is frankly too proud to embrace something that the naturopaths discovered. I am living, breathing proof that it works and I've had other friends who have had similar results. It costs a couple hundred bucks (most insurance companies are too cheap and ignorant to cover it) but it's well worth the money. I've saved many times that in copays for doctor appts and prescriptions over the last 3 years. Here is a link to my naturopath's website... http://www.centerforfoodallergies.com/. Best of luck in your search for good health!