Abdominal Cramping most of the time, anyone??

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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Anymore, even after having a BM or several, I still get intense to moderate abdominal cramps that feel like I still gotta go.  Sometimes I go and sometimes I don't.  Is this normal for IBD, to have the cramps and not always have to go or pass gas?

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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
It's normal for me!! I have had cramps in my right side since March. And the ones that I get when I feel like I have to "go" but nothing comes out is what I call urges. I had urges all day yesterday and still have not been able to go !!!! Very annoying. I do pass gas tho....
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   Posted 5/17/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah that's pretty normal for me too. I'll have attacks that are just pain and cramping. Sometimes they progress to diarrhea, sometimes it's just pain. Heating pad helps me with those.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Predisone 40mg, and Asacol.

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   Posted 5/17/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup, normal here, too. Unproductive stomach cramps are the *worst*. Often times, they'll start out being light cramps every few minutes, then they get stronger and occur more frequently until they finally get *really* bad and result in a BM. By that time, I've usually got a bad headache from gritting my teeth through the pain of the cramps. My wife says that it sounds alot like labor cramps. Guess I'm one of the few guys that can actually relate to the pain associated with child birth. :)
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   Posted 5/17/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe if you tried increasing the fiber in your diet? *That seems to have helped with a lot of the cramping and constipation problems I had...*
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   Posted 5/17/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I get it too. I can be almost sure I don't really have to go, but it can feel like that for hours!
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
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   Posted 5/17/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Me too. Try walking, rubbing your belly, using heat, or drinking hot tea. Those are my remedies. Also to sit and rub the pain and try to really breathe. Sometimes lying on my left side can help it too--especially if it winds up being gas.

Sometimes, I think the pain is from stricture. Sometimes it happens if I wait too long to eat. Be sure to mention pain location to doc. Good luck.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa

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