Hi all, I have only just recently been diagnosed with IBS - though I think I have probably had it for a long time…!
Right now - its causing me misery…… And yes - its much worse in the evenings. I tend to get relief from it overnight.
I am also a real stickler for not taking too many meds, I don't like adding crap to my body, but have realised I have no choice..
I also suffer from physical pains from anxiety, brought on from losing my daughter through leukaemia 10 years ago - I get bouts of it after a stressful situation. For my anxiety pain I take Propanalol - which in fairness - works.
I get burning pain under my left rib, and occasionally on my right rib too, up my back and indigestion pains too. I get burpy with it, and have about 4-5 poos a day - and have done since I can remember.
I have had the pains on and off for years, literally, been docs numerous times (one of which whilst I was sitting in tears was more interested in taking a pic of my Casio watch. Admittedly, its a cool watch but COME ON! ) And one gave me Diazepam. WTF?!? I have never taken them.
One doctor about 4 weeks ago felt under my rib, and had a good prod round my vital organs, no nasty lumps or anything - everything was spot on. She was very thorough and the first to be thorough, and take my anxiety and pain seriously. She gave me Colofac, which within 20 minutes seemed to work brilliantly, and this lasted for about a week, I felt on top of the world, my anxiety was down (I often imagine awful things are wrong with me when I get pains - part of my previous stress I guess and I know some of my pains are stress related).
But slowly they don't seem to be doing the job anymore. I use paracetamol as Im told Ibuprofen can exacerbate the symptoms? Occasionally I take co-codamol - but nothing really seems to work, and I don't want to pump myself full of pain killers!!
My life is reasonably stressful, but nothing out of the ordinary, I guess I just don't deal with it as well due to my past.
I am after some advice on the following - and wondered if you kind people would help?
1. Is there a pain killer anyone could recommend that is not addictive that I can take as and when, and not every day (my pain comes and goes but is more frequent these days .
2. This burning rib thing - its freaking annoying and wondered if others experienced it?
3. Diet - my doc told me not to change my diet as such - what do others think? (I LOVE and eat a lot of spice, and cook everything from scratch. Even my own pasta. I would cry a lot if I had to give up spicy food - food is such a big part of my life
4. Alternative pain relief:
a) accupuncture - anyone tried this?
b) natural painkillers - is there such a thing!?!
5. Does anyone else get discomfort from simply reaching over and grabbing the remote!?
Its a long one - sorry - but just sick to death of feeling in pain, and not feeling like I can keep moaning about it. I also like a few of you I have seen, get the sense no one really believes I can be in that much pain through irritable bowel syndrome, and Im sick of talking about it so I keep stum!!