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I've posted something in the abdominal issue part but I thought I would try here as with trying to self diagnose waiting for appointments etc this is the only logical thing I could come up with
The people with chronic pain from this condition, does it only linger after a serious flare up? or did you just start with a chronic pain?
I've had some issues for 8 weeks now which I believe started due to taking ibuprofen for something else - this lead to some quite bad constipation/straining that lasted for nearly 2 weeks and the end result is I'm now left with a lower left ..persistent discomfort.
2-3" below my belly button I have pain from where the bowel turns in and towards the centre so I'm guessing this is my sigmoid colon? there is an odd feeling there all the time, not exactly "pain" more of an awareness/discomfort. It tends to be worse when I'm sat down and can feel like a slight burning sensation that can radiate down into my groin/inner thigh (but always the left)
It does not wake me up, It feels slightly better after a BM (but not for long) and is always there. I've upped my fibre with all bran cereal and fybogel which has cleared up the constipation now and my BM are quite regular. I don't appear to have any blood in the stool or a fever. I'm not losing any weight so despite my health anxiety kicking in convincing me I've got bowel cancer it doesnt..really add up from what I can tell.
I had a blood and urine test at doctors who then shuffled me out the door with some mebeverine. These came back as normal so I'm guessing I'm not anemic or have any sort of inflammation? (if they even tested for that) and presumably that ruled out any sort of UTI/infection.
Nothing seems to do a great deal, I don't know if adding tumeric capsules to my diet helped or if thats just in my head but mebeverine/buscopan doesn't really do anything which makes me question if its my "IBS Diagnosis" that I was given when I was 14 (I'm 32 now - I'm male so I guess that removes any other potential bits down there!)
I don't know if its a long IBS flare up, I don't know if its diverticula related, this low level chronic pain one seemed like it would fit (SUDD?) After going back to my doctor again this one basically washed his hands of me and referred me for a "camera up the bum" which didn't help with my anxiety/stress but as its a routine appointment thats not going to be for about 2 months anyway. I did suggest could it be diverticular disease and he just shrugged and said keep on the high fibre and try paracetamol.
I'm aware its nothing like the infection/flare up's that it sounds like some of you are going through, they sound awful but I did wonder if anyone else had any sort of chronic lower left discomfort that was diagnosed with this? I'm wondering if I should try and go private for some other tests..full blood count/ultrasound perhaps as whatever it is is sending my anxiety mad!
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