hello to you all. i have been a member of healthunlocked for a little while now but this is my first time posting in the IBS group. ive done some reading about IBS and its symptoms but i was hoping to get some insight from people that actually live with it. i know abdominal pain can be severe and usually located in the lower abdomen but i was wondering if anyone has gotten pain in the middle section of the abdomen? and also how severe can this pain be? how long can it last? i have had "attacks" where i will get very bad pain in the middle abdomen that feels more like very tight bloating. the first time it lasted a few hours....the second time (months later) it lasted for maybe 40 minutes. yesterday i ate food that was fried and about 30 minutes later it hit me again and the abdominal pain and bloating lasted for over 6 hours. i took some antacids and then gas-x but they did not make it better. this morning i woke and had some pain but it was different and not as severe as last night. this time it was lower on my abdomen...a little above my belly button...and it feels more like soreness than actual pain...and i could feel it mostly when i coughed or pressed down on my stomach with my hand. something i should add..i did have a bowel movement last night but it was small and i had to push harder than usual but there was no relief of my abdomen pain after the bowel movement like i've read can happen in cases of IBS. i should add that i am a long time sufferer of generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder and i i've read this can sometimes have a close relationship with IBS. thank guys and i do hope you are all doing well.
just wanted to also mention...today i am also getting some pain in lower left abdomen and i feel gassy but unable to pas gas at the moment although i did pas gas earlier today.