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Hello I have posted here before and various other groups. I am 70 years old and female. I was diagnosed with IBS around 7 years ago with a tendency to IBS C. I only had mild flare ups and was mostly ok although my long standing anxiety did not help. The last 18 months or so have been very stressful and my anxiety has been bad (I am now having some counselling but early days). In April of this year following a long bout of constipation and blood in stool I had a colonoscopy. Thankfully nothing sinister found just one polyp which turned out to be benign and a diagnosis of small internal hemmeroids and multiple diverticular down left side of bowel from transverse colon to sigmoid colon. The surgeon said the bleeding would have been from either but could not say which. Fast forward to the last couple of months. I also have arthritis in spine and knees so used to some pain but started getting awful upper/mid back pain and chest pain which after an examination by gp was told it was tight muscles etc probably from my anxiety. Well although the back and chest is not so sore I have still have this awful back pain which seems to come on with walking bending etc. Here is the things I do not understand. The pain in the back seem to coincide with stomach bloating and burping and sometimes feels like roof of mouth and back of throat is lumpy. The back pain does seem to be related to the digestion. I have no heartburn. Incidentally I thought a couple of years ago that I might have silent reflux. Most of the symptoms had improved by the time I got seen at the hospital and after a throat scope was told everything ok but was given advice on voice care as I sing in a choir and given a diagnosis of perennial rhinitis. Unfortunately I can't take the treatment for it as it causes my eye pressures to go up and I already have glaucoma. Going back to the symptoms they don't really bother me at night although I do wake early. They seem to come on mid/late morning and last until after my evening meal which is most odd. My bowels r fine I go once a day easily in the morning as I take fibrogel/membervine drink before breakfast. My gp gave me ranatidine as I can't take PPI's. She has sent me for an upper endoscopy although I have asked to have a consultation with the gastro doctor before I have it done. I want to make sure it is really necessary. I wondered could it be an ulcer or gallstones (gp thinks not). Just had complete annual blood tests and all ok. I did go to and A and E about 3 weeks ago as I had awful bowel spasm on the left hand side which usually go but this time it lasted hours. I was worried it might be the start of a diverticular infection. They too took blood tests all ok and gave me buscopan which worked and sent me home saying probably just IBS but return if the pain gets worse. It eased off over a few days. I also wonder could this be anything to do with anxiety it is hard to believe it could but I have read you can get quite severe physical symptoms with anxiety. It is so frustrating not knowing what pain is caused by what. I am finding life difficult but am trying to still go out and about when really all I would like to do is curl up with a hot water bottle. Sorry to have gone on and on. Hope some one can identify with any of this. I go to see the gastro doctor on Wednesday.
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