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Visceral hypersensitivity from Ibs-c

Hello I am trying to cope with visceral sensitivity from ibs-c .... The pain after I finally move my bowels lasts all day. I have tried stress management counseling, Lexapro, heat, teas and tylenol. I have had a full GI work up. It is very frustrating and debilitating especially since I am a nurse practitioner and should be able to treat myself. Did anyone have anything similar and if so what has helped? Thank you, Elaine

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I too have this pain after I move my bowels. Apart from drinking peppermint tea, I usually have to resort to pain killers in the end, even though I don't like to.

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Hi Elaine

I have heard of great things from trigger point massage. Medications just dull the pain, but don't treat the source of the pain. I saw a lot of good information on Trigger Point Therapist and trigger point massage, aka myofascial release massage is particularly effective with tools such as IC Relief and Therawand. Do try and get to the core of the pain, good luck! If you are in the UK practitioners such as Dr Ruth Jones are brilliant, also look out for a US therapist/Author called Amy Stein. Fortunately NICE have decided that here in the UK painkillers are the not the first line treatment for pelvic pain here in the UK and a patient is referred to a physiotherapist. This is a great start because the painkillers are a vicious circle. Good luck, you'll have lots of trials and errors, but there will be a solution!

Good luck


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Hi - have you had any joy in finding a way to deal with visceral hypersensitivity?

I have suffered from IBS since my early 20's but its never really been much of a problem to me until 2 years ago when I started getting pain in my lower right groin area and feeling sick. Dr sent me to hosp as they thought appendicitis, was not. Then 2 colonoscopies to check for IBD nothing found either though still in pain. Consultant kept saying IBS to which I said no as had it for years and this is a different pain as was not getting D or C but pain so bad in the one area that a couple of times I fainted as blood pressure went too low (BP on the low side anyways)

I was referred to another consultant who diagnosed Visceral Hypersensitivity. When you google this there is not a great deal about it though most sites refer to IBS.....

2 years on I usually get 3/4 weeks of manageable pain then a week of agony, no pattern to it that I have been able to identify. When its really bad I take Zapain (I know causes C) and use amitriptyline for a couple of days then it usually goes back to manageable level.


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