I am 22 years old, and I would really like your advice about a problem that I have. About a year now I have felt pain in the abdominal area, doctors say that is my large intestine. I feel the pain mostly at the right side and sometimes at the left. A year ago when the problem started the pain was more intense than now. I started exercising and the pain had almost gone..When I quit exercising the pain came back. I'm afraid of doing a colonoscopy :/ Is there any remedy I can follow? Should I worry about something dangerous? By the way. I am facing constipation..my doctor gave me pills once.. the pain reduced but didn't go away completely. Do you know what the problem might be?
Hi Georgia F,
I see that you posted this in January and I hope you have found some relief. If you would like to share your diagnosis and treatment plan, I would love to hear it.
I am not a medical doctor, but one of the key things you said was that the pain was better after exercising. Also, you mentioned constipation. I am guessing that your bowels are moving slowly when you are not exercising. This can cause pain in the abdomen, the back, and down the legs (sometimes from gas build up as well). In extreme cases, pain can indicate bowel obstruction, but this does not seem to be your case. Again, I am not a medical doctor, and I would report all of your symptoms to him or her. You might look at diet and exercise.
Diet - constipation overview
Also, as someone who has been through two colonoscopies, I can tell you that it's painless (or it was for me!). You are given sedatives and are not aware of the procedure. The fear of the procedure can be worse than the procedure (which is short.)
You might check out this article for some sage advice: Get A Colonoscopy; Good For You, And Your Peace of Mind
I wish you well! Please keep us updated.