Hi! just happened across the board again while I was searching for connections to my fibromyalgia. I was also (eventually) diagnosed with IBS about 20 years ago. The pain can be excruciating--pain-killers help some, though not really T3's because they cause constipation, and that makes the situation even worse. Back then, when the doctors were trying to get to the source of the pain, they removed a goodly number of 'parts', hoping to come across the cause. I had several colonoscopies, a couple of laparoscopies, a gall bladder removal, a hysterectomy (which, prior to surgery, the doctor said he really didn't think that was the answer, but he was running out of ideas!) I was taking 4 T3's, every 4 hours for weeks on end, just compounding the problem. I was spending 16-18 hours a day in bed, propped up with pillows, with heating pads and hot water bottles.
And then a miracle happened!! I went in for some routine surgery for a female problem--very stretched vagina after many pregnancies--and the doctor did an anterior and posterior vaginal wall repair. Afterwards, she commented, "I removed SO MUCH excess stretched tissue. I think you'll notice a tremendous difference." Well, I certainly did!! Immediately, there was NO MORE PAIN--at all--in that area!! Previously to that, the only thing that really helped was a drug called "Levsin"--one that you put under your tongue, which stopped the bowel spasms, but unfortunately, it has been taken off the market--no reason given, although the pharmacists I have spoken to say their patients all found it wonderful. The only reason my GP and I could find for the answer was that the excess vaginal tissue was pushing against the bowel wall, and causing it to spasm. I discontinued 23 pills/day as a result of this surgery!!
That was about 7 years ago, and in just the past year, I have begun to have similar problems again, so I think it is possible that the vaginal wall tissues has again lost some of its' elasticity. My doctor was absolutely astounded and was going to write it up in a medical journal, but due to personal situations, she changed her field of expertese and left general medicine, so it was never written up.
A word of caution to you women out there: if you go to the specialist with this problem, DO NOT tell them the real reason why you want the surgery--they'll never believe you!! Instead, suggest that you need wall tightening to increase YOUR personal intimate pleasure.
Good luck, and believe me--except for the fibromyalgia, I am a new person! Salgal