Well, you know several of us noticed we were all having joint pain, even though most of us were too young to be having that sort of problem yet. It may be that IBS causes pain in other parts of the body for some reason but no medical person has made that connection. Because it does seem odd that you would hurt in your joints or your head when your problem is in your stomach, but traditional Chinese acupuncturists will tell you that everything is interconnected and that a problem in one place will cause problems all over because it throws the body and the meridians out of balance.
I read an interesting article on msn's Slate a while back about a woman who went to China because she was having such horrible shoulder pain and the doctors here couldn't find what was causing it and acupuncture here costs a good arm and a leg and she could fly to China and get many treatments for cheaper than getting a few in NYC. She saw a couple of different doctors and told them that she was there for her shoulder. They took her pulse and smelled her breath and looked at her tongue and told her no, the problem wasn't her shoulder, it was her heart. Which really floored this lady because she had had a heart condition as a child and even now she has some type of irregular heartbeat but no Western doctor notices it unless she's on a heart monitor. Both docotrs said this independently of each other and without looking at her medical records. So she got some acupuncture and massage aimed at helping her heart and she was starting to notice some improvement in her shoulder, but she ran out of money before she could do all of the treatments and within a few weeks of coming back home her shoulder had relapsed. Does make you wonder how much our doctors know and if other forms of medicine might be effective. I wonder if anyone has tried acupuncture for their IBS?