mid back pain? ibs related?

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   Posted 4/14/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
want to know if ibs related or if i should spend money to see a different kind of doctor instead of gastro?

hey everybody i am experiencing some mid back pain that is very uncomfortable, its maybe like upper back/mid back lil bit under the shoulderblades but in the middle and its a dull ache, nothing intense just always there and very very uncomforatble, i just want to see if ne body else experienced this maybe from like excessive gas, i am assuming its ibs related cuz i got post infectious ibs 5 weeks ago and i was painless before then, there is also pressure and discomfort only on the right side of my abdomen and right lower back? should i make an appt. with another doctor like a physician on top of my gastro? i dont know their specific titles.

Post Edited (WeEn) : 4/15/2009 12:30:17 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/14/2009 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
For those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), controlling your diet is a very important part of reducing the symptoms of the condition. In many cases, dietary fiber has been shown to lessen the symptoms of IBS. A high fiber diet will ensure that the waste that passes through your colon is “bulky”, which may prevent diarrhea and relieve muscle spasms.

There are two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. In previous years, it was thought that either type of dietary fiber would provide a benefit to suffers, but a greater benefit to those with diarrhea-predominant symptoms. An increasing body of scientific literature now indicates that the benefits of soluble fiber are universal to sufferers whose symptoms are either diarrhea-predominant or constipation-predominant, and that insoluble fiber can actually trigger or exacerbate symptoms in some patients.

Soluble substances are those can be dissolved in water, whereas insoluble substances cannot. Soluble substances also tend to absorb water, which is where the principal benefit for IBS sufferers is derived. In comparison to insoluble fiber, the sugar molecules of soluble fiber are held together by chemical bonds that cannot be digested by the enzymes in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. As such, soluble fiber passes straight through your body intact meaning that more soluble fiber arrives in the colon and is available to absorb water. Water absorption from the colon by the fecal matter encourages the formation of stools that are gel-like, which helps to prevent diarrhea.

But additional water absorption doesn’t mean that constipation-predominant sufferers will be adversely affected. In fact, the absorptive properties of soluble fiber mean that the passage of softer, gel-like waste will actually soften and encourage excretion of impacted fecal matter.

Further, the gel-like consistency of waste containing soluble fiber means that the GI muscles are stretched around your full colon, which helps the muscles to grip during the waves of peristaltic contractions that act to force the waste through your gut. Violent and irregular muscle spasms are minimized, which means that abdominal cramping is also relieved.

 Both insoluble and soluble fiber are contained in all plants foods, with the ratio varying dependent on the plant type. Insoluble fiber is typically found in whole wheat, wheat and corn bran, flax seed lignans and vegetables including carrots, celery, green beans and potato skin. Soluble fiber is found in rice and rice cereals, pasta, oatmeal, cornmeal, barley, quinoa and soy. You can also find soluble fiber in vegetables such as carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, turnips, pumpkins and mushrooms. Papayas are also a particularly good source of soluble fiber, with the added bonus that they are a digestive aid that relieves flatulence and indigestion.

Adopting a diet high in soluble fiber can help you manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.


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   Posted 4/19/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi WeEn. You should see a gastro or your regular doc could order the same labs. I experienced the same type of pain as you and also have IBS. They found out that I had Cholecystitis in February 09 and removed my gall bladder in March. The symptoms you are experiencing in your back sound like they are related to gall bladder disease. Try to notice whether the pain is more intense within the first 5 mins of eating.

Be forewarned, if you must have your gall bladder removed ask for a 2nd opinion. The doctor and surgeon told me that the most common symptom is similar to IBS and not to worry because I already experience IBS. Let me tell you, it's a LOT worse!

Hope you feel better! turn
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