Severe back pain caused by IBS bloating

Hi. I don't know if anyone else is suffering from this or not. But ever since I was diagnosed 4 years ago with IBS-D the bloating has been unreal. It is pulling on my lower back and I am in constant pain. Plus pain from gaining weight to. Is anyone else experiencing back pain like this or bloating like this? I look 7 months pregnant. I am so sick of living like this. I have a hard time standing for long periods because the pain gets so bad. I also have GP so I have bloating from that to. I have been on this site for quite some time now and it is a great place to be, especially when you dont have a support system like me. My doctors are not very supportive at all about my pain and bloating. I don't understand why nothing will take it away. I have tried everything for it. I know it is gas because I release it everyday. Sorry to be so graphic. I am just so tired of it and the pain. I am having a hard time living this way and having to live like this for life. Does anyone else feel this way?? I just wish I could be normal again!
Trish

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Well I can answer your first question....does anybody else have this? I have exactly what you are talking about. Haven't officially been diagnosed with IBS but I have had all the symptoms for years. The lower back pain has been very minor, sometimes not at all, until the past few weeks. I have googled this and it is true that lower back pain is a symptom of IBS. But now it's so bad that I'm going to see a chiro today, I hope he can help. It feels like something is pressing on the nerves in the middle of my lower back, way down. Yesterday I could barely sit down, walking helps a little. And the bloating and distention is definitely related, maybe causing it. I can feel gurgling and rumbling down there, when the back pain is bad. On top of it I have anxiety which I KNOW doesn't help. Last nite I took an Alleve and a lorazepam and I could sleep. Don't like doing that though. I would like to see if anyone else out there has any advice.

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Hi Chrissy,
I am so glad to know that I am not the only one suffering in pain. Its horrible isnt it?? I am in pain now as I write this. I just wish there was something that could be done about the bloating. It is horrible. You really need to go and have the tests for IBS. It could be something else you never know. I mean it probably is IBS, but I always like to have confirmation. Yes I recently found out that the back pain is a symptom of IBS to. That is what it feels like in me to. Something pressing. Walking doesnt help me at all. It makes it worse. Some exercises help the bloating. And stretches to. I guess my only advice to you is to get tested for the IBS and start doing some exercises to. I try to, but it is so hard for me because of the back pain. If you ever find any relief for the bloating PLEASE let me know ok? I will do the same!
Trish

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I take an herbal remedy called Iberogast that seems to help with both gas and bloating. I have Gastroparesis and IBS-C/D (both...depending on which way the wind blows on Tuesdays) and it is the only thing that seems to help. Of course, I still have some episodes of gas and bloating, but they are MUCH LESS painful than they were before I began taking it. It has been used medicinally (by MDs) for IBS/spastic colon and functional dyspepsia for about 30 years in Germany; there are also promising clinical studies. I get it from eVitamins.

I am also experimenting with fennel tea, which is supposed to help. I just started this week on it, so we will see if it helps with the alternating constipation/diarrhea problems as promised...

Are you taking any probiotics? They are also supposed to help; just be sure to take the pill form, not the dairy forms (DanActive, Activia) or they will make your diarrhea worse. Align (bifurdis) is a good one to try.

I know this may sound very hippy-skippy, but I have had better luck with herbal medicine than with prescribed medicine. As one poster on this forum pointed out, GI issues are "the black hole of medicine," and we sometimes have to do the research ourselves to get answers.

Having said that, I had a terrible 10 day flare-up of both conditions, and I am just now going back on solid food...Some days, NOTHING seems to work (groan). Hang in there.

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I too experience a lot of lower back pain especially when I get blocked up. In my case I was diagnosed with arthritis years ago. And the extra weight adds to the pressure on the spine. And probably causes my posture to change a bit also incresing my discomfort.
Could that be an issue for you as well?
Nancy

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Hi Emeraldlady,
I wish I could afford to try those, but I cant. Are they very expensive? I don't have much income and what I do get has to go to bills and nessesities. I did try the fennel tea and it did nothing for me. So maybe herbal stuff won't work either. I have tried everything. My doctor recently gave me digestive advantage gas relief and it did damage to my back. It made the bloating twice as bad which caused me horrible back pain. I could hardly move yesterday because of it so I stopped taking it. I just wish there was something that would help. The only probiotic I am taking is acidolpholis. I didn't know about any others. Are they expensive? I have found that I have had to do all the research myself. My GI doctor has been NO help at all. In fact, he thinks I complain to much. He dosent realize the constant pain I am in. I am looking for a new doctor. I am so sorry you had such a bad flareup. I get them to so I know how it is. I hope you are feeling better now.
Trish

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Hi Nancy,
I was just told by a doctor that I am beginning to experience arthritis in the neck. Great. I am only 42! I have the back pain everyday and it is real intense. When I am bloated (I am everyday) it makes the pain worse. My extra weight also adds to the pain to. I am real over weight right now. I think you are right. I think that is changing my posture to. Thanks for responding. At least I am not alone in this.
Take care,
Trish

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Iberogast is about $32 ($36-$38 with S & H). and can be gotten from eVitamins or Amazon. It is a bit pricey, but I find it worth it for the relief it provides. I shell out about $60-$80 a month on supplements; I never did that before I got sick! I only work part time due to my issues...so the money isn't exactly coming in either!

I am trying the Align this month, as it includes a wide variety of probiotic strains. The first day, my gas and bloating were worse, but they now seem to be getting better.

FYI: For CHEAP supplements, Puritan's Pride is the way to go. My GI doc highly recommends them as far as quality, and my mother has also used them for years...;)

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I use Digestive Advantage lactose intolerance therapy which has a probiotic as well as lactase to break down dairy products. It works great to rid bloating and pain immediately. I take it several times a day. I eat one package of Activia daily.

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Hi Trish (and everyone else),
I know I should have a test, but I'm petrified of the colon test......Is it horrible? I just assume it's IBS because it's all the symptoms and I have had them for about 20 years now. I think it's just getting gradually worse, but lower back pain is very bothersome. Chiro helped a bit. Sometimes it spreads to hips, especially if I sit for a long time. Have you been tested for food allergies? I haven't yet, but I might.
I don't fit the symptoms for GP, so I guess that's a good thing.

I think I want to try the stuff EmeraldLady is suggesting (iberogast). I do take acidopholus every day too, increasing dosage doesn't seem to help me.
I just need to figure out how to get rid of the gas and bloating, and I hope then the lower back pain will diminish.

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I also have GP and IBS-C and get an abnormal amount of bloating along with back pain. I recently began prescription hyoscyamine, an anti-spasmotic with many brand names. I find it relieves a lot of the intestinal cramping and lower belly pain. Have you tried it? It was a liver specialist, not my GI that prescribed it, probably because it is reported to slow down stomach motility. That may be, but it does help my pain and discomfort, so I will continue taking it.
nolagirl

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Hi Chrissy,
The test is not bad at all. I was out for all of it. They give you a real good anesthetic (sp?). I woke up and it was all over. Not any pain at all. So I really recommend you have one and find a good GI doc. One that will listen to you. I have not had that good of luck. I am looking for a new one. I was also tested for fructose intollorance and it came up positive. I didn't have the test for lactose though. I should have. But I don't think I have it cause dairy seems fine. But then again I only eat certain kinds of cheeses. I am sure you don't have GP. Otherwise you really would have noticed it. I get bloated so badly after I eat.
My lower back pain is getting worse. It is radiating down my legs now. And I found out that is another symptom.
I take acidolphis to, but it dosent do anything. I wish I could try that stuff that emeraldlady suggested, but I cant afford to.
Good luck and if you ever find anything that helps the bloating let me know. I would give anything to get rid of it.
Take care,
Trish

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Hi nolagirl,
I currently take hyoscyamine and it does help the pain alot. IBS-C must be just as miserable as IBS-D. Do you get flareups alot? I do. In diarreah form. How bad is your GP? Do you have bad bloating? The bloating is the main symptom I wish I could get rid of.
Take care,
Trish

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I have IBS-D and am on an antispasmodic twice a day, a low dose of antidepressant at night ( to calm stomach spasms), fiber, and protonix for my GERD. I too sometimes look 6 or 7 months pregnant and my stomach stretches so tight that it is unbelievably painful! I wish I knew what to do for the bloating! I asked my gastro dr if it would always be that way, and he told me to do ab workouts! I love him and he is great for the most part, but I can barely get past the abdominal pain and discomfort to even think about adding to it by straining those muscles. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could find a remedy for the bloating! I will keep you in my prayers!

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Hi JKH,
Yes if there was just something, anything, to help the bloating! I keep praying about it. It is hard to the abs to. I have a hard time. I have to wait till the right moment of the day where I am not bloated to do it. It is usually after I eat, I lay down for a couple hours and when I get up, it is usually gone for a while. Then I do the abs. And right now I really want it off so badly. YOu are so lucky to have a good GI doc. I am looking for one right now. My GI hasn't been very supportive at all. And I need someone that understands and listens. And he dosent. I get spasms to, but not all the time. I hope that your medication works to stop that. And I will definetly let you know if I ever find something that helps the bloating! I am glad I am not alone in this!
Take care,
Trish

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Hi everyone!

I actually was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia 10 years ago and had a fundoplication surgery. Excusing the fact that I couldn't throw up or burp, I had no more symptoms of heartburn, constipation..etc...until a few years ago. I started getting the heartburn, random vomitting, fevers...and as of the last 3 months I have been bloating like crazy along with a stomach pain that isn't indigestion, but that of razor blades turning around in my stomach...and then I can feel their path through my entire tract before I go to the bathroom. I have bloated so big that people thought I was pregnant. The pain is so intense that I almost pass out. It's not until 2-3 hours later that I finally pass the gas to feel better. Either by taking way over the recommended amount of gasx or by drinking a few cans of ginger ale. I'm my own woodwind section for about a good 2 hours, and even then my stomach is still bloated. My GI doc thinks I am lying about the surgery and won't even check my medical records. He thinks I'm a surgery chaser. He put me on hyoscyamine and nexium. The nexium works until about 7pm and then the heartburn starts up again. The hyoscyamine is actually INCREASING the pain. Instead of less spasms, I've had them all day for the last 2 days I took them...not to mention the drowsiness and just overall disorientated feeling. I can't tell if it's from those pills or because I'm not eating due to pain. I've stopped drinking alcohol and sodas (except ginger ale for gas relief), eating sugar, breads, fats, oils...I stopped coffee for awhile and nothing helps. He said I have IBS and most likely C. I'm constipated more than I have diarhea. The pain is in along my entire left side and right above my tail bone, but becomes worse in the stomach region. What pissed me off the most with my doc is that he talked down to me like I have no idea what a gastrointestinal disorder is. He was condesending saying that most people can't handle the normal amount of acid that refluxes and they panic. I was like: Um....I had surgery for a hernia and severe GERD, I think I know what the normal amount of acid should be. I was in danger of getting cancer as my esophagus was erroded. It's a relief to know I'm not crazy....to see others in my situation, but I also feel sad because all of our quality of life is being altered so drastically. He made me feel like I had no business coming to him. I'm a singer and the acid is ruining my vocal chords. I'm scared to lose my career. Big hugs to all of you out there. If anyone else had increased pain from the anti-spaz meds, please let me know!

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I just started Diurex and in one day I noticed such a difference in my bloated stomache. I am going to my doctor today to see if it is healthy for my condition and safe to use with my other drugs. I also have GP and the main cause of it is bloating, so I am hoping this will help. It's only $10 for a good amount pills and you can get it OTC at any local drug store like CVS.

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Hi im Sue about the back psin i also have it .From giving birthn 16 years ago most of my pain started i have nerve damage to my back bladder and small bowl i am trying phi therepy inthe pool i am hoping it will get better hope this helps.

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Hi its sue again about the gas in stomach you have to stay away from suckino on straws hard candy chewing gum. also most people with gp become lactose intolernt like me and milk shakes with a straw blows me up like i am 9 months preg. and so much pain i want to die. i start with a few tums and lay on my left side in fetal pos. and it will start to pass the gas.

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Hi all. Since I first replied to this I (finally) seem to be on the right track, at least for my IBS-D and my GERD. In the morning, I take librax (generic form), 1 fiber capsule (this dosage may need to be more for some), align, and of course, tylenol arthritis (helps me relax too). Sometimes I take another librax at noon, but have not needed it lately. At dinnertime, I take Protonix ( it is the only one that gives me any relief and I pay for it if I try to substitute anything else). At bedtime I take 25 mg of nortriptilyne (sp?) which is an antidepressant, and my tylenol arth. I still have occasional episodes of severe pain, but seem to be able to recover sooner now. I really like what the Align has done for my bloating, I wasn't sure about it at first, but it is helping, it takes a month or so to really notice a difference. It costs around $30 for a 28 day supply, but has been worth it.
So now that I have that handled, I am now dealing with dizziness, fainting, headaches, etc. My primary is screening me for hypoglycemia and I will be having a full blood workup done again as soon as our insurance kicks in with my husband's new job. I can't imagine how we aren't all deficient in many nutrients with our crazy digestive systems! Vitamins of all kinds have made me sick for years, so I don't take them.
My husband organized a charity golf tournament which is being held this Monday, May 18th for AGMD and my medical costs. We hope that we can at least raise a little money to give to AGMD and help with the education, support, and awareness, it promotes! Wish us luck!
God bless you all! You are always in my thoughts, my problems are nothing compared to most of yours, and I so hope that you are granted some relief and healing!

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Hi. I have been doing alot of walking and exercises at home due to a protruding disc in my back that I think the bloating caused. Well the good news is that some of the bloating is going away! So I am going to keep up the exercising since I need to drastically lose weight anyway, and they say that exercise is really good for ibs.
JKH, I wish you nothing but luck and raise alot of money!
Also to everyone else, good luck to you. I am so hesitant to go on more meds cause you don't know what damage they are going to do to you. Especially now days. I will try the natual way first.

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