I've had IBS for years now, diagnosed last year. The colonoscopy came back clear last week. I'm still having pain in the LRQ and now below my bellybutton from the surgery (the Dr is giving it two more weeks before she wants to see me if the pain is still there.) No one knows what it is. My GI sent me for x-rays and they found arthritis in my back, but no one thinks it could be causing this pain. I go to yet another DR next month about my back.
With IBS is the pain there all the time for anyone? No difference with eating or not eating, going to the bathroom or not. Nothing changes the pain.
I'm worried it may be chronic pelvic pain, and never go away. Between this an my back hurting I can't do anything, I've gained 10 pounds since August and feel horrible.
Wow Kris, we share a similar story. 3 years ago I developed a pain in my LRQ that the ER dr. thought was Crohn's. Had every tests there is (colonoscopy, CT scan, barium enema, sbft, pill camera, bloodwork) and everything came back normal. The pain varies in intensity but is always at the spot over the appendix sometimes radiating across under the belly button.
Had a laparoscopy where the dr. found endometriosis and a few adhesions. Removed this and the pain came back. There is no rhyme or reason as in bowel movements don't make it better or worse, eating doesn't change it... The GI syas it's IBS which is supposed to be releived with a bowel movement and the family dr. says chronic functional abdominal pain and I say I just want it gone whatever "it" is. The GI who did the camera pill told me to forget about what it is and find pain relief in whatever form meaning acupuncture, pain patches...
Back to you Kris. What tests besides the colonoscopy have you had and does your pain go away at all? I too had back pain on the right side and was x-rayed only to find nothing. Hope you find relief soon Kris and it all ends up in your past.
I only had the colonoscopy for the GI part, numberous ultrasounds for the gyn part as well as laparoscopy to check for endometriosis. I had blood work done, and a CTscan to make sure it wasn't my appendix. Now they're at a loss. Everything keeps coming up clear. On a couple of the ultrasounds they found very small cysts, I'm thinking maybe I'm not ovulating right and I'm producing cysts instead of releasing the egg completely. They gave me the pill to see if that helps. But if within two months nothing has changed then it's not reproductive.
CathyA the pain feels like it did just after the cyst ruptured. Dull ache with twinges of sharp pain, always from the exact same spot, and with a dull ache across the whole pelvic area and back (like how it felt when my body was absorbing whatever the cyst was made of.) It feels almost like a period with the back ache and cramps. They did find arthritis in my back which I'm having checked out in Feb. So that may explain the back ache. But the dull ache spreads to my right hip, and since I'm favoring it my left now aches sometimes too.
During the surgery they did see that my uterus was tipped very far forward (moreso then she's seen before) but she said that wouldn't cause this type of pain. She also found lots of veins in my pevlic area. But I read that pelvic congetion feels better when you lay down. This pain is constant. Nothing makes it better or worse.
Well it sounds like they've done a pretty thorough work-up. It will be interesting to see if the pill helps. Your symptoms sound just like mine. I had a 1.4 cm cyst on cat scan, when I finally went to the ER for intense pain. I'd had this pain for 2 weeks, knowing it was probably from my ovary, and would soon disappear.....but it seemed to worsen instead. A few days after the ER, it began improving, and now is almost gone. But who knows when the next one will come.
But....I did have what felt like uterine cramps when I had the cyst too. The ER doc said "That small cyst really isn't big enough to cause this much pain".........but I beg to differ! I know it WAS that cyst! So I think you're on the right tract, maybe thinking that it's that.......maybe a new one each month, and then it takes a few weeks to resolve....just in time for a new one! I also think some of us are more sensitive to pain than others. I hope you find some relief soon! And really......if the pill doesn't help, try alternative medicine. Or.....maybe you should look at your own hormones more closely......maybe see an endocrinologist?? (since our ovaries are closely involved with our pituitary and hypothalamus.)