Severe abdominal pain that comes in waves with shaking and sweating, what could this be?

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I'm a 23 year old female. About 2.5 months ago for the first time, I experienced severe abdominal pain. I was unable to pass any stool immediately and it took about 2-3 hours of pain that came in waves. No position made the pain better and it was debilitating. (I thought about going to the ER but I could not walk or extend my body to do so). I also almost blacked out on the toilet from the pain while having chills and profuse sweating. Eventually I was able to pass a stool (both hard and liquid) and the pain went away.

Fast forward to this weekend, I came home late from a wedding and had been drinking and eating fish, pasta, cake etc. I also had some Taco Bell at 1 am. I was awaken from sleep around 2:30 AM with the same exact excruciating "wave like" pain from the previous month. I was again unable to pass stool immediately and had all the same symptoms. I was up all night and the pain persisted until 5 pm the next day until MiraLax kicked in and I was able to go (both hard and soft stools again). This time around I also had loss of appetite for 48 hours after.

Since this has happened twice now, I am concerned something is wrong because I assumed after the first time it must of been food poisoning. Any suggestions? I'm going to try and find a gastro doc soon.

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    I know that pasta and came is very constipating, as well as Taco bell, red meat, dairy, etc. I would try to eat less fatty and junk food, and more fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, probiotic yogurt (helps with digestion, irregularities, soothes your stomach), fiber supplement such as Benefiber instead on constant Laxative use such as Miralax which will create a lazy colon. Eat whole grain bread. High Fiber cereals. Get some testing done, Sigmoudscopy, Colonoscopy, bowel exam, or barium enema to rule anything out and drink lots of water to make your stools easier to pass. Aim for 8-9 glasses a day. Keep us posted.

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    I too have the pain you are describing. After a year and a half, I am finally having a MRI ECRP done tomorrow morning. I'll let you know when I recover.

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    Maybe you have IBS if the pain got better after a bowel movement and the pain came back after eating.  Bowel habit change is a key symptom of IBS.  IBS can come in spasm like pain and no position helps. Try a food diary to see if food brings on symptoms and see a doctor.
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