Can Aything Other Than Ibs Cause Chronic Stomach Cramps,pain In The Lower Sides Of The Back

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Can Aything Other Than Ibs Cause Chronic Stomach Cramps,pain In The Lower Sides Of The Back

I have had chronic stomach pains for a while now. I was told that I have IBS, but I'm just not sure if that is right. Now I have a pinching-type pain in the right side of my stomach and burning pain in my lower back towards the sides. I have also noticed something that looks like mucus when I have a bowel movement, and I am very tired and feel weak. This is not like me at all. I am worrying about this all the time, and that is making it much worse. What could it be?

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Have you tried the Check a Symptom box on the upper left hand of the page to see what it says about your symptoms? The gastrointestinal system is very complex and only a doctor can diagnose. IBS can cause a lot of symptoms, including lightheadness in some people. In fact, severe gastrointestinal symptoms are caused by illnesses that are very uncomfortable but are not considered dangerous. Then again, it could be due to something else.

Did the doctor do anything other than a physical examination? Did she/he take any blood work,urine or stool tests, x-rays, ultrasound? These are some of the tests doctors may do when confronted with abdominal pain. If she/he did do them perhaps you can feel better that this really is IBS. On the other hand its very clear that anxiety causes increased pain, shortened breathing patterns (which can cause dizziness, etc.) If you're feeling particularly anxious you might want to do relaxation/breathing/meditation type exercises and see if your pain abates. Paste the url below into the address bar at top for more of the symptoms of IBS; mucus in the bowels, it turns out, is one of the more common symptoms, as is - in severe IBS - dizziness. Perhaps your physician needs to more aggressively treat your IBS. Good luck!

Here are some links that you might be interested in as you're dealing with this:

Inflammatory Bowel Disease information

Cooking to Control Chronic Pain

Dealing with Anxiety and IBD/IBS