A puzzle of Lower Abdominal Pains and Inflammation, anyone else experienced this?

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Hi all,

First post here, could do with some help from other peoples experiences. It would be great to hear from people who have experienced similar issues. Looking for some reassurance and comfort as I wait to have further tests done at hospital.

First of all, I'm a 26 year old male and i've suffered from IBS since I was about 14.

Since March this year, I started getting some sharp stabbing pains in the lower right side of my abdomen. This pain would shoot into my pelvis and also my hip bone would ache sometimes but I didn't think much of it, maybe I had just strained it.

Over the last few months this developed into a much more consistent pain, a dull ache with the sharp pain every now and again. Over the last few weeks this has steadily got worse, its now across the whole of my lower abdomen. It feels like a weighted pain, which can often feels like a consistent burning/hot pain in the lower abdomen, this can vary from left to right. This sensation can also feel itchy from time to time. I also get a slight hot fever from time to time, especially in evenings and after i've eaten. Also noticed red blood in stools occasionally. At the moment its uncomfortable to bend down and pick something up from the floor as my abdomen feels inflamed and constantly bloated. The last symptom is I'm putting on weight but not really physically showing for it, apart from the bloated feeling. My whole lower abdomen generally feels out of balance and achy, even urinating it feels strained as the muscles tense. 

Right so ive been back and forwards to the doctors over the last 2 months as the symptoms have worsened. Ive had blood tests done (not appendicitis), a pelvic ultra sound, digital rectum exam and prostate check - all clear. My doctor is very good and is ruling things out step by step due to the complexity of organs and anatomy in the lower abdomen and pelvis. 

I have got an appointment with a colorectal specialist in 4 weeks time who will be booking me on to have a colonoscopy, to look inside my bowel. Can't come soon enough, just want to find something now so it can be treated/eased.

Obviously not knowing what this is and as it gets worse is stressing me out and worrying me, so I would really be thankful if anyone who has experienced symptoms like this to shed any light. Did you get a diagnosis? 

Thanks in advance everyone smile

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  • Posted

    Ciuld be diverticulitis, this is very common, would explain some of your symptoms. 
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    I had really bad cramps the beinging of this year and ive been to the docs about 12 times with worry.

    I was put on omeprazole which cleared one part of my guts but still had cramps and i would have to have a hot water bottle on my gut.

    Even though things have eased up i still get a little ache and anxiety grrrr😕😡

    I get quivers and twitches in gut but seeing doc AGAIN tonight and i might even pay for a private full body scan as 8 months on i might feel better but i just need answers🤨 and im if anything serious, i might have caught it early😊

    • Posted

      Let me know if you find any answers Stephen from the doctors! Its the unknowing which causes the anxiety, I understand how you feel.


  • Posted

    I have got some antispasam drugs which help with anxiety as well as my ibs.

    Im going to ask about haveing a colonoscopy even though i feel way better than i did i rather b safe than sorry especially at this really early stage😊

    • Posted

      Mine isn't just spasms unfortunately, know what they feel like (sharp stabbing usually). Buscopan usually sorts that out but doesn't touch this. Even Co-codiemal doesn't dull it too much. The constant dull ache, limited mobility in that area and burning sensations indicate to me that its much more than my usual IBS pains. The gaining weight is weird too.

      Diverticulitis is a possibility, but still keen to hear if any other people have had the combination of symptoms I've experienced in my original post.


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