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Severe bowel annd lower back inflamation
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:37 AM
Looking for some answers...
After many years now I have suffered from a condition which I just thought be a bit of irritable bowel syndrome but now I'm starting to think given that it has been 4 years it is somthing more chronic like crohns or something else... I dont think it's like bowel cancer or anything but it really persisant.
Basically when I wake up in the morning, I wake up usually from pain. My whole bowel feels sore and inflammed, the inflamation primarily shoots pain round to my sacrum (lower back) area and I have to curve my back like a duck to try and strench out the sore painful feeling. I wake up and all my muscles feel really worn and bodyy feels so unrested.
In March 2010 I had such a bad flare up that by May I had quit my job and honestly felt that I had been hit my a bus, every morning that I woke up. I even ended up in the emergency room and they ran lots of ultrasounds and found nothing. Although the tests were maybe done in the wrong internal place IYKWIM.
My pregnancy to DS seemed to cure the symptoms and just now its come back (DS born in May 2011)
The weird thing about this condition is that it is always from sleeping overnight and I have a great bed so it's not that... I am usually in so much pain from the inflamation that I have to get out of bed as the lying flat position makes it feel worst, also I dont really have diaheria or anything. I do feel a bit gassy though annd it's hurts to pass gas as the bowel is already inflamed.
I have seen so many Dr's about this and had heaps of internals tests done but they find nothing... I have never had the camera up the *to put in bluntly* backside so maybe that is an option, to see if they can find something.
I just hope the G.P see next will be able to help me has anyone else ever had anything similar?
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:48 PM
Just got back from the family practice after seeing a great G.P there and he has sent me for a general x-ray, a referral to a gastro-something? specialist and if we don't find anything he will send me to a gyno.
He said given that I have had irregular periods and my symptoms were 'cured' during pregnancy he actually suspects it may well be endometriosis as can apparently have effects on the bowel too.
Just thought I would update
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:02 PM
I'm not medically trained, but do have endometriosis. I wondered about endo, given that your symptoms disappeared during pregnancy.
Good luck on your search for answers
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:16 PM
Oh dear, that's terrible!
I often wake with a similar pain but it's not as bad as yours. As soon as I get up and move about the pain goes away. If I'm stuck in bed with the flu or something, it's REALLY painful.
Have you tried a chiropractor or osteopath? I'd really encourage you to. (But don't ask the doctor for their opinion on this!! Just do it.)
Another possible reason for pregnancy 'curing' the symptoms might be that you slept in a different position when you were pregnant?
Did you give up any foods while pregnant which you've just returned to eating?
Good luck! Let us know how you get on.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:30 PM
I was just going to comment that it would be worth discussing the possibility of endo with your Dr but I see that's already happened. I have no medical skills at all but I had endo and almost all of my symptoms were bowel related and I also had lower back pain (still do as I have musculoskeletal issues). The bowel issues completely resolved for me after the endo surgery and some of the back pain resolved.
Of course your issues may be totally different but it's worth considering all of the possibilities with your Dr. Endo was originally ruled out for me by a Dr because my issues weren't considered cyclic enough and most of issues were mid cycle.
Edited by katrina24, 27 November 2012 - 09:31 PM.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:35 PM
I would be getting a pelvic ultrasound to get those ovaries checked, pronto.
And definitely get a colonoscopy.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:00 PM
Thanks for all your feedback, I'm starting to think it's endo too.
Yellowtulips - I often wake with a similar pain but it's not as bad as yours. As soon as I get up and move about the pain goes away. If I'm stuck in bed with the flu or something, it's REALLY painful.
The bold is mostly true for me but it stiil leaves tension on my lower back. The initial pain that wakes me from my sleep is relived through stretching, using the bathroom and getting out of bed. But still it's no quality of life
Can anyone recommend me a good Gyno in the Sydney area? I think I should get on a wait list, in case none of the gastro specialists find anything as the Dr said a gyno will be the last call. This is because the gyno will want me to rule out the bowel stuff first.
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