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My New IBS Symptom: Back Pain

My New IBS Symptom: Back Pain

So now I have back pain? From IBS? Just when I thought I had this whole thing figured out, I start noticing that the somewhat regular abdominal discomfort and occasional PAIN, is somehow radiating to my back. I have not seen the doctor yet, but wanted to share my experience with this new symptom. I have a pretty good idea why this has started and am scheduled to see the doctor within the next few weeks, but currently feel a little fragile as I can’t help but feel like, ‘what’s next?!’ Little frustrated, little angry. But…time to get BACK to work. Pun intended 😉

IBS related back pain

Two weeks ago I woke up feeling crappy like I do every morning…yeah, pun intended again…sorry. So we’ve got the morning rush thing happening and I notice while I’m dealing with all of that, that the middle of my back hurts. I have lower back problems from time to time and I knew right away that this was different. I literally felt like the pain in my belly had taken a freight train from my front to my back. And honestly, whether I liked it or not, I knew this was IBS related. I had read about this being a possibility, but for some reason thought that it only happened to people with one of the OTHER kinds of IBS (IBS-C or IBS-M). Oh…I suffer with the D variety. OK, now that we’re clear about that, please allow me to continue. Immediately, I started to think about WHY now? What had changed in my body to bring this symptom on? Well, as I have mentioned, I recently quit smoking. I have quit smoking two times in the past, in the days before my IBS issues and suffered some terrible constipation. I also did notice that this time around, that some of my IBS issues had become less severe and thought that this must be another benefit of leaving the cancer sticks behind. Now, keep in mind I’m speculating, but I think that the change in my digestive system with the cigarette cessation caused some sort of rebellion in my stomach. As we all do, I immediately went searching for ways to alleviate the discomfort.

Focusing on relief

I find it very interesting to think that when you suffer with something like IBS, you spend so much time thinking about your body and how it reacts to things that you sort of develop a sort of intuition about what it needs. I realized pretty quickly that I had let my probiotics lapse for quite a while, due mostly to monetary reasons. For one reason or another, I remembered that the doctor who had diagnosed my IBS mentioned a particular probiotic (Align) that he recommended to help ‘get things in order.’ Because I believe in trusting my gut (punning again…ugh), I decided to get some. It helped. Not FIXED. But helped. Concentrating more on movement and flexibility in my exercise regimen helped, too. I will share my findings with you all after I see the doctor. I understand that sometimes IBS related back pain can be the result of some inflammation and I don’t want to leave my health to chance. Wish me luck, I’ll report BACK…damn…did it again 🙂

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  • sapid
    12 months ago

    Thanks for sharing. I started having back pain 4 months ago. I kept wondering what was wrong and did a bunch of tests and nothing was wrong. Now I think it is caused by IBS.

  • AKSarah
    1 year ago

    I really believe the quitting smoking issue and IBS should be looked into more. I quit about 8 months ago and then my stomach just stopped working properly. After 7 months, we finally figured out it was IBS. I think I’ve had IBS for a while but the nicotine masked the symptoms. My diagnosis is pretty new so I’m still learning all about it. The back pain has become a bigger issue, but I’m working on solving it. Thanks for sharing!

  • BirdMom
    2 years ago

    If all else fails, try Qigong. I think this would fit nicely with your philosophy. I love it, and it has helped many of my clients as well as myself.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    2 years ago

    I haven’t tried Qigong myself @birdmom but I’m glad it works for you. I’ll have to add it to my list of “must try this”! – Hannah ( Team)

  • MichelleTohi
    2 years ago

    I’ve suffered sciata pain for 30yrs progressing in pain levels. Been on codeine for 15yrs.

    When I started getting g bloating stomach pain. I noticed I always had back leg pain and interestingly if a 5 stomach then back leg a 5 an 8 then same.

    I also have adhesions and back leg pain can be a symptom as well. Same thing same levels of pain.

    So got me thinking maybe because food is irritating stomach inflaming through bloating. That the back leg pain is referred pain from the sciata.

    Stress as we know can exacerbate our symptoms so why not back and leg.

  • Hannah Noonan moderator
    2 years ago

    I notice too that when my back is sore something is usually going on with my gut too. Interesting thoughts there @michelletohi! – Hannah ( Team)

  • Cindyj
    2 years ago

    Good Luck ! I do know what you mean about the back pain . I’ve started going actually to a Chiropractor to help with this stiffness and the horrible cramps I get that run up my left side .. not a cure but it’s helping some . I wish I just had the understanding of why? So far Only thing I have found out is please make sure your physician orders a vitamin panel . I found out recently not only do I no B 12 I was lacking in almost all B complex vitamins including Folic Acid . Not even my primary , gastro could figure out why .. took the chiropractor to send me for testing .

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