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Tired_of_This
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   Posted 3/7/2007 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had IBS since 1988.  I have always had bad attacks but they were fairly far and few between.  In Feb of 2004 I had my 3rd child and my IBS attacks have worsen and become much, much more frequent.  I have at least 1 attack a day now and sometimes more.  I also have chronic lower back pain on a daily basis, don't really know what that is all about.  My IBS is on my mind constantly now and I can't get myself to stop thinking about it therefor causing myself stress which causes attacks.  As soon as I get up in the morning I start getting ready for work and usually within 20 minutes of getting up I am sitting on the toilet, most times in severe pain and that is before I even have anything to drink or eat.  So as far as I am concered there is no reason for the attack.  I am now at the point I don't know what to do to ease it up or to relax myself and train myself to just stop thinking about it so I am more relaxed.  Relaxation for a mother of 3 is near impossible.  Most times when I have a severe attack I need my husband to come into the bathroom with me and he rubs my lower back which really seems to help it pass quicker, Thank God for him.  Any suggestions on how to make my life more relaxed and not so focused on the IBS Attacks?
Thanks
DX'd with IBS: 1988
Med's: was taking Modulon but doing better since I stopped taking it
Deperately looking for a solution to fix it.


Keriamon
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 3/8/2007 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
What symptoms do you have, besides the back ache? Do you have pains anywhere else? What kind of pains: aches, cramps, stabbing? I assume you are having diarrhea? What's the consistency and shape and color of your stools? Do they burn when they come out? Do you have any nausea and/or vomiting?

Without more information, I'd hazard a guess at maybe a bad gall bladder, or maybe a "female" problem. Pregnancies make gall bladders go bad frequently for some reason. Also, gynocological problems like messed-up hormones, fybroid tumors, poly-cystic ovary syndrome, endometreosis, etc. can cause both the lower back pain and bowel problems. Sometimes having children can trigger those things (certainly did when my mother had me). Also, if you had a C-section, sometimes scar tissue from the incision can mess up your intestines. I think someone else on here had exploratory surgery and found that scar tissue from some gynocological surgery(ies) had entangled her intestines. My mother developed a fybroid tumor which managed to attach itself to her intestines and caused severe pain and bowel problems. The very bizarre thing was that this developed AFTER she'd had her uterus removed. Her doctor said he was going to submit a paper to an academic journal on it, it was so weird. They think the tumor formed on a piece of endometreosis that had gotten detached from the uterus when they removed it. So, all sorts of weird things can happen down there.

Tired_of_This
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   Posted 3/10/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I do get pains in my left side from time to time that intensify with every deep breath.  I also get an uncomfortable feeling in the solar plex area, not really pain but uncomfortable.  Sharp pains in my pelvic area on both side (but I assume that would be caused by the cysts I have on my overies).  The pains are worse during menstration almost always.  I do not ever vomit from this although I do get a bit of a sour stomach on occasion.  Yes I usually have soft stools or diarrhea most of the time and at times afterwards I do have a burning sensation.  I had a colonoscomy done in the fall and they said everything was OK (other than the IBS) but I don't beleive it.  I am always telling my husband "There has got to be something else that is causing all my problems and I would do almost anything to live a "Normal" life"  I am at the point that I don't bother going to the doctor about it anymore because there is nothing else they can do for it and they don't give you any tips on how to help anyway, so I just ride it out every day.
Thanks.
DX'd with IBS: 1988
Med's: was taking Modulon but doing better since I stopped taking it
Deperately looking for a solution to fix it.

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