IBS-Severe Abdominal Pain

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AlexaLynn
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   Posted 8/31/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have severe abdominal pain from IBS so bad that they just want to curl up and die.  Right now I'm taking Librax and Belladona.  The first month of Librax took the pain away completely then last Friday the pain came back and two days ago they added the Belladonna.  My doctor refuses to give me any narcotic pain medication such as Vicodin even though I can't stand the pain.  I live in Connecticut.  Any suggestions?  Does anyone live in Connecticut and have a GI doctor that will prescribe narcotic pain medication?
 
HELP!!!

gutastrophe
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   Posted 8/31/2007 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
AlexaLynn said...
Does anyone have severe abdominal pain from IBS so bad that they just want to curl up and die.  Right now I'm taking Librax and Belladona.  The first month of Librax took the pain away completely then last Friday the pain came back and two days ago they added the Belladonna.  My doctor refuses to give me any narcotic pain medication such as Vicodin even though I can't stand the pain.  I live in Connecticut.  Any suggestions?  Does anyone live in Connecticut and have a GI doctor that will prescribe narcotic pain medication?
 
HELP!!!
Yes, I do experience debilitating abdominal pain at times.  However, I would never take a narcotic for the pain.  Narcotics are absolutely constipating.  Constipation leads to gas.  Gas leads to abdominal pain and spasm.  And, from personal experience, narcotics do not take away the pain.  They only make you sleepy.
 
In my 2 decades of dealing with IBS, I've tried nearly all the drugs available.  Often they will work when you first begin to take them.  But typically, after a period of time, they lose their effectiveness and you are back where you started.  And sometimes, as in my case, anti-spasmotics can effect the natural motility of the gut and leave you with constipation problems. 
 
Have you tried any natural remedies for the pain?  Some folks find certain teas helpful in relieving spasms.  I use a heating pad on the belly as well as belly massage.  I have also found lying on my left side with one leg slightly bent helps to dislodge trapped gas.
 
The source of most abdominal pain is trapped gas or constipation.  For me, the best way to combat pain is to keep my system moving efficiently.  Sometimes prescription drugs are counterproductive to that end.

scared2getsick
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   Posted 8/31/2007 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, the pain can be awful. i use levbid .375 which helps me, but not all others, that is a higher dose than I used to take. A heating pad or hot water bottle helps me a lot!!! Yoga and deep breathing are great too. Mind what you are eating and see if you see a pattern. That may help, though most of my problems occur during my period. Try bottled water too.

I just started digestive advantage a month ago and it has done wonders for me! I am having some cramping and gas at the moment now that my period has started (heating pad on right now) but overall the digestive adv has REALLY helped me. I Just take one at dinner for now. I am trying not to take more than I need so as to have the ability to step it up if I need too. Good luck.

I would keep calling your doctor. Harass him almost, every time you have pain you cant stop. Ask him to talk to you and explain his reasons for not giving you pain meds. Pain meds do have a tendency to constipate and that may be the reason. Knowing the reason may help you deal with it easier or help you find its time for a new doc. There are a lot of options out there!!!
Always grateful for the blessings I do have!


keblergirl1
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   Posted 9/4/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
if you r constipated try a lil olive oil on a peace of bread for 3 days n i bet youll go

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 9/4/2007 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
ditto the heating pad. You need to find and remedy the reason for the pain, not cover it up as that is our bodies way of telling us something is wrong. Have you been thru all the GI testing before they diagnosed you. Are you keeping a food diary? since it let up and then came back perhaps this might help. You might try the peppermint, fennel(for cramping), ginger capsules as they work quite well but the main thing is to try to get a handle on what your triggers are. you can't take pain pills forever.
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