I am so happy I found this site...as I have been suffering on and off for about 4 years (I get this pain approx. 7 times a year) and I thought I was the only one in the world with this issue, as my doctors will say, it sounds like a spasm, but they really do not have any information about what a spasm is, why people get them, when to know if you should go to an ER, etc. They never really say...it is nothing, or don't worry about it. They only say it "sounds" like an intestinal spasm of some sort.
I have been to an obgyn, primary care physician and GI specialist. I have had a colonoscopy, ultrasounds, bloodwork etc., all fine. I did have 3 surgeries when I was younger for ovarian cysts that broke through my ovary causing internal bleeding. The spasm that I experience now is very similar to the ovarian cyst pain, so I always call my obgyn thinking it is my ovary, and it may be a cyst sometimes...but she sent me to the GI doctor because she said it can't always be my ovary causing this pain.
I transcribe minutes for many long meetings, therefore I am in a sitting position for sometimes 3-4 hours without a break. I am totally fine when all of a sudden I get a sharp pain that starts on the lower right side near my ovary. It seems like this spasm begins when my bladder is full and also I feel like gas begins to go upward at the same time and gets totally "stuck". The pain is so severe I cannot move, I begin to sweat and no amount of moving around makes it go away. I can barely get up from my chair, let alone drive home, and I always wonder if I should go to the ER as the pain is a 10. The first time this happened to me, I was on an airplane from New York to Hawaii, needless to say, when I fly I make sure I have an isle seat so I can walk around. By the way, I do not drink anything carbonated.
Today for the first time, all of a sudden without warning, it seemed like my whole upper stomach went into a spasm. The pain under my left rib was so bad that I thought I might have to go to the hospital. My GI dr. gave me a pill called hyosaymine for the lower pains I get..what she describes as a possible intestinal spasm or IBS. I was not sure if it would work on pain in the upper stomach but I gave it a try and luckily approx. 15 - 20 minutes later the severe pain was gone. I am left with a feeling as if I have been punched from the inside out. I was looking under stomach spasms when I found this site...I am sorry you all are going through similar pain, but at least I do not feel like I am the only one in the world with this issue anymore...
IMy GI doctor told me to take fiber 3 times a day and hyosayamine when I get the spasms. Thank God for the hyosyamine, it really takes the spasms away...if you take one ASAP. I asked the GI dr. if I could have some sort of pain pill for the pain after the spasm and she looked at me and said a narcotic? Absolutely not. That made me wonder if she thinks I am just a "complainer"...this is REAL severe pain.
Another thing that helps is sleeping with one of those microwavable bean bags. The heat seems to help me feel better. I also do YOGA 2x's a week, that really helps a lot. I begin class sometimes with stomach or IBS pain and when I leave, it is totally gone. Good luck everyone...I will keep reading..hoping to find some additional information to help keep this pain away for good, why it happens and is it common?