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Thursday, January 28, 2010 Katie, Community Member, asks

Q: I have burning in my stomach. Doctor says it' IBS. Could he be right?

I am a 51 year old white female. I had pain in the upper left quadrant of my abdomenal (Directly under my rib cage) a few months ago. Mostly it was a feeling of pressure and it was constant. After a few months I finally went to the hospital. They removed my Gallbladder. That did not relieve the pressure or pain. One month later I was back in the hospital for exploratory surgery. The surgeon found a very large dilated bowel loop next to where I had had a bowel obstruction 25 years ago. Bowel obstruction followed days after a hysterectomy. Anyway, he did a bowel resection, but still months later I have upper left hand abdominal burning, bloating, nausea without vomiting, and gas that just won't move. In one test I had done it showed "bowel gas pattern is not completely normal." I believe that was on an x-ray. I have had all the scope work done upper and lower. I was told it looked like I had diverticulosis, and gastritis along with some adhesions. I have had the small bowel series test 4 times and 3 CT scans. The CT scan showed mild ileus. I have been tested for H pylori, negative. I did have an appendectomy and mesenteric adenitis at the age of 12. I have put on about 20 pounds since the onset of this problem, although I have lowered my calorie intake by almost half I keep putting on weight. So I am about 30 pounds over weight. For the past 25 years I have been exceptionally healthy. My doctor today said I have IBS, but I'm not constipated nor do I have the runs. Having a bowel movement does not relieve the pain. What do I do? He wants to put me on anti-depressants for the pain, and said I just need to live with it. I had an appointment to have the endoscopy pill, but my GI doctor said he did not think this was a good idea because it could get stuck where I have adhesions. I brought up Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction, but again he said no. The pain has changed since the bowel re-section. Where there was pressure there is now more of like an "Indian burn, like kids would do on your wrist." Instead of being in one place it now moves up the left side, across my stomach and down the right side. I am nauseated more often and have pain in my back right between my shoulder blades which mostly feels like gas, but can really be painful at times, almost like I have been punched. My bowel movements have changed to being long pencil-like. At present I am taking Chlordiazepoxide Clidinium Caps, Protonics, Galviscons and Requip for my restless leg syndrome. Please help......

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Linda, Community Member
4/ 9/10 1:00pm

I don't have the answer I am not a Doctor, I'm a 36 year old female, But I do have the same symptons I been to emergency rooms constant, i believe they think it's all in my head, I was diagnosed with diverticulitis two years ago, it was determined through a colonscopy and and a barium enema. I have constant pain even though I changed mt diet and a warm flushing feeling that runs down my left side of stomach, sometime I feel I will leave this earth every times it happens, my anxiety is high and I 'm told also sort of speak live with it I will like more extensive test done, because now I cant tell if it's my back or stomach I'm showing the same symptons with that burn, Oh and my left stomach make loud noises all day long it is driving me nuts, Well I hope things work out for the both of us "Isaiah 33:24" Pslams 83:18 in Chicago. IL.  

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By Katie, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/18/10, First Published: 01/28/10