I'm new to the forum, hope I can find someone who identifies with this. Although I feel for you if you do!
I was diagnosed with IBS recently, although I've been suffering for years not knowing what my problem was. I get extremely bloated, gassy, constipated, on a regular basis, usually after eating but sometimes when not eating at all, because I'm afraid I will get bloated.
I have been experiencing a specific type of pain for a few years now. My dr. says it is ibs. But it is so excruciating and extreme, I wonder if it is indeed ibs. The pain starts out like a menstrual cramp in the uterine area, usually on my left side. It works around to my lower back, again, like a menstrual cramp. It goes down my left leg. I have to lie down, because the pain becomes so severe I can't stand, can't think, just lie there and cry and feel like I'm dying. Its a squeezing, cramping pain, much like the pain I felt during labor. It feels like extreme pressure on the pelvic floor, huge pressure to my rectum, after about 30 minutes or so the pressure and cramping is so intense I feel like I need to have bowel movement, have to be HELPED to the bathroom or I would fall down. Upon bowel movement, which is very constipated, not diarreah, it gradually subsides enough that I can walk back to the bed on my own. Then it slowly subsides. This may happen once in 3 or 4 months, or like the last episodes, can be 3 or 4 days in a row. I never know.
Does ANYONE experience anything like this? Its different than the normal bloating, pain and cramps I usually always have. Its a mystery pain that I'm not sure is related to ibs, although as I said, my doctor says it is ibs. I just don't know if he understands the extent of the pain. I feel like I want to die just to stop the horrible cramping. Sometimes it last for an hour or more at a time, then subsides.
ANYONE know what I'm talking about?
Thanks for any replies.