Describe your back pain with IBS...

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Hi All-

Going on day 11 with unrelenting mid to upper back pain (and gas, bloating, and constipation). Occasionally, throughout the days I have gotten abdominal pains that can be anywhere from upper L abdomen under ribs to lower L pelvic area. The back pain concerns me the most. It literally feels like a sharp stabbing pain on my left side that starts from just to the left of my spine at my bra strap line and wraps around under my ribs. The most intense spot is my back, though. Almost like an intense muscle strain or pinching feeling. It even mildly hurts to breathe. It was sore enough to keep me awake last night. Occasionally, I'll feel some dull referred pain on my right. It's so deceiving...it makes me feel like I'm having a back issue, but it all started when the constipation did. Can you all share your back pain issues related to IBS? Anyone else have this?

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    Ooh ow, i think your bowel sounds blocked! Try to take some laxatives maybe. I think your in pain like i am finding i get sometimes and i am always advised to take some Fybogel or Laxido or something similar. Drink masses, eat a bland diet and take the laxatives. If you are unsure your chemist sre you best port of call until you get into your doctor's. I would see your doctor to double check what this is though. Good luck i hope you get it sorted!

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    Hi Charcey, How long have you been constipated ,if some time i would suggest you take a suppository to clear yourself,and also go and see your doctor .It is possible that you have ibs ,however i would suggest you go and see your doctor ,so that he can give you tests to rule out anything else.

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    Thank you for your replies. First, I was diagnosed with IBS years ago. Second, I am no longer constipated with the help of laxatives. The back pain and abdominal discomforts still persist and I have heard others in the past say this has been the case for them even, after treating themselves. I just want to find out the quality and feeling of that back pain for those who have dealt with that to see if my symptoms are similar. Thanks.

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      Back pain is very normal with IBS so don't worry at all about it. Painkillers and antispasmodics help with the pain. I had short lived IBS back pain which was made worse by my back injury. The lower portion of the bowel wraps around the lower part of the back and when your bowel is in spasm, the pain can radiate to that area. If you are stressing about your pain, the flare up will be a lot worse and longer lasting; try to relax. My very first flare up lasted continuously for three and half months because I was stressing about my symptoms and getting no help from my doctors. Once I was diagnosed and stopped worrying, my symptoms got better. Don't concentrate on how long you have had your flare up because this will cause more stress. IBS thrives on anxiety. Instead, try to distract your mind with things you enjoy; I tried this and it worked for me. When out with friends, my pain subsided, when I got home and started panicking about my symptoms, my pain came back.

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    Trapped wind . ibs tablets. & old fashioned castor oil . might just help . not the windies tabs , the IBS tabs

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      IBS tabs are antispasmodics such as Buscopan, Alverine, Bentyl, and Mebeverine. There are others called silliocogel, senocalm and Colpermin. They are designed for IBS symptoms such as pain and bowel habit change.

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      Hi .Charcey 97. Colpermin . was given by hospital when i had flair up. but due to the pain read instructions wrong took them after food . but should be about half an hour before due to eat , doc said it is the aspirin i take that is causing my bowel to be inflamed plus blood pressure meds. also he said due to inflammation, not absorbing iron through the gut .that's making me tired. he said make appointment with GP . I just wonder what else is not being Absorbed as well as Iron ?

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    I am going through the exact same pain in the same areas. I think can this be IBS but have found on forums that this seems to be common. My discomfort is in my side moves around and generates around to my back particularly my left shoulder blade and bra line. It kept me up last night.... I have today kept my diet really simple and just eaten fruit smoothies and a fibre bar. I do feel a bit better today by keeping my diet simple. Im off to the docs on Tuesday to discuss so will let you know what she thinks. This IBS thing is such a boring struggle...

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      That it is, sabab172! I HATE that the symptoms are always changing, which always makes me second guess whats happening with my body. Thank you for the reply.

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    Sorry you are in so much pain. It sounds as if it could also be diverticulitis... I was once admitted to hospital with severe pain caused by that. In addition to the other suggestions made you might find a hot water bottle or similar heat source soothing. I often find it helps soothe the pain. wish you better!

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