Pain very low down ?

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I have had IBS for many years but over the last couple of years my symptoms have got worse and over the last few months have an almost constant pain very low down in my abdomen about 2-3 inches below my belly button and to the right & left and also getting mild lower back aches, my bowel movements alternate between D&C and have tried ALL the usual medications, diets etc. Does anyone else get this pain very low down with IBS and back ache too ?

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    Don't worry, these are all IBS symptoms.  Pain can be constant and felt just about anywhere on your stomach.  Back ache is also very common; I have had this.  The lower part of your colon wraps around your lower back.  Sometimes flare ups can last a while as a result of food or stress.  My first flare up lasted three and a half months.  Maybe ask your doctor to see if there is an antispasmodic you haven't tried.

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    Hi:  Not uncommon at all.  I have seering pain all along the lower part of my abd and only subsides when I have a bm and the bm is usually very fluid.  Lots of time there is trapped gas as well that can cause this type pain.  I had a bout this morning that I thot would lay me low for most of the day (at too much fresh fruit).  After several trips to bathroom (5), the pain has subsided.  And yes, it sometimes not only is felt in the lower back but gas can creep up after my waist until upper back.  Hope you feel better soon and that your anxiety is reduced by the responses here.
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    IBS typical I'm afraid, try an anti spasmodic it may help!

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    Thanks very much everyone for your responses, just find it very hard that I seem to have this pain almost 24/7, although I would not call it a severe pain, probably mild to moderate it makes me very miserable.
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    Hi Nicholas, I would like to help. Do you mind sharing what meds you are taking?
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      Metformin (diabetes) Atenolol & Ramipril (High blood pressure) and for IBS probably everything you could think of including colpermine (peppermint) Buscopan, Colefac, windeze, Zantac, Pepto Bismol and tried many probiotics 

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      I was told by my doc just yesterday that Metforim may add to the misery of IBS.  She did not give me a script for it because of that; plus, we're waiting for the results of my B12 level re: my numb toe and side of foot.  Thinking diabetes but maybe not. You might try adding slippery elm to your diet, Nicholas and follow the low FODMAP diet.  Just a few thots.

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      Hi Nicholas, I was wondering if some of your meds might be causing additional problems. I was on Amlodipine and it was aggravating my digestive system. When I was taking it, I felt more of a discomfort in my upper and lower intestines.  It felt more like knots until I would have a movement. Once that occurred I would have relief until I became constipated again.  Occasionally, I go on a bland diet of basically white rice for 1 to 2 days which would calm my stomach.  I also receive the most relief when I drink dieters tea. I suffer these days more from constipation than diarrhea?  Which do you suffer from the most?
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      Hi Mesirim, I have been on my meds for a few years now without problems and my bowel movements seem to alternate. The only other thing I suffer from is anxiety and at the moment with this constant pain & back ache it is getting me very stressed and fed up.

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    Have you had a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or CT Scan to see if you have Diverticular Disease as well as IBS?  I have DD and High blood pressure (Amlodipine and Doxazosin).  For 16 years I have been prescribed Fybogel daily as well.  This is a stool softener, thickener and mild laxative, and helps keep the bowels regular and well formed.  Reading the paperwork, it can also be used to help treat IBS.  It takes about a week to start to become effective.  Just a thought.  Best wishes
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      I have not had a colonoscopy as I am absolutely petrified (my mother used to have them and always said it was 10 times worse than childbirth) and just thinking about it sends my anxiety sky high and I know other people that have said never again and the NHS will not do them under general anaesthetic. I know people are going to read this and think what I big wuss  

      i am

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      I had a colonoscopy  A few weeks back I can tell you it was not bad at all.. the prep was worse....the procedure has moved on quite a lot the last few years....Haveing had it and seeing nothing was wrong my symptoms reduced a lot
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      I had what my doc calls a "double dip" = colonoscopy and endoscopy.  I too was afraid of the procedures but the new prep (I had the same two procedures 10 years ago) is so much more milder than the old and you can ask to be under light sedation (not a general) where you are semi awake but painless.  I was so anxious thot I had colon cancer because of low abd pain that was seeringly hot that I was miserable most of the time.  These tests rule out the possibility that something may be going on or not and if not your anxiety will decrease.  Anxiety may be causing your muscles to tighten prob. causing more pain.  I guggest you ask about these two tests or at least the colonoscopy.

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      I believe that these days the instruments for a colonoscopy are much smaller and more flexible, thus making it much easier.  I think that for most people, if there is nothing to find, and you are sedated, it's straightforward.  A CT scan is totally pain free and how I was diagnosed, as my diverticula were in just the wrong place for the colonoscopy instrument - I didn't even get past first base!!  Sometimes high anxiety for a short time, then relief, is better than continual niggling anxiety - and continual anxiety won't be doing your blood pressure any good.

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      No, you are quite right to be frightened.  I can't have these procedures because I react very badly to sedation even when it is administered very lightly. A CT colonoscopy is a better option.

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