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Excruciating crippling think you’re going to pass out or die pain

  • By jvermillion

    Im new to the whole IBS thing and I’m curious how many other people deal with the kind of things I have been dealing with lately. Here’s my story; I’m 36/male. I don’t have the best diet but I’ve been trying my hardest to eat healthier. I take meds that back me up. And even though I do that for the most part I can have a bowel movement almost daily. But there are times I will go 2-3-4 days with nothing and I get intense pains until I can have a movement.

    This morning I was asleep, I wake up at 7 to get kids off to school, but I was jolted awake out of a dead sleep to some of the most painful cramps I’ve ever experienced. These were low and deep in my mid abdomin. It felt like I was being stabbed with a burning knife and it was being twisted through my insides. If I moved a certain way it would get worse or if I went to fetal position it would help a little. My anxiety automatically kicked in and I was hyperventilating and felt like I was going to pass out. I rushed to the bathroom to sit and try….pray…for something to happen. I was roasting up and freezing cold. I was super shaky and lightheaded. I was sweating and clammy. I was freaking out big time. This isn’t the first time this has happened but this was the worst. And of course my anxiety told me this was it this was the time I have been fearing the past few years and my wife was going to find me keeled over on the toilet Elvis style. I had to open the window to let the sub zero wind blow in to wake me up and get me thinking in the moment. I put my headphones in and found a mindfulness meditation and got myself to calm down enough to not think I was dying. It took everything I had to sit on the toilet and finally I had a small movement. It wasn’t much but it was enough to relive some of the pain. Enough to where I could stand up and walk to the other side of the house. But it came right back and I ended up in the fetal position in the middle of the floor. I spent the next 2 hours in and out of the bathroom hoping and praying something would happen because I knew if I could get something out this pain would stop.

    Sorry this was detailed and long. I’ve never sat and wrote it all out like this before. Just saying it to no one makes me feel better about it. But does anyone else deal with crippling debilitating can’t move think your going to pass out and die pains in the lower mid part of your stomach???

  • By alisonmcorreia


    I can totally relate to your experience. I’m a 26 year old female and I’ve suffered from since I was a child. It’s been something that I’ve struggled with my entire life. I too have suffered debilitating pains to the point where I don’t think I can survive them. As badly as you cramp and as badly as your stomach is hurting, just remember that you will make it through! I’ve found that positive self-talk has helped me TREMENDOUSLY. Hyperventilating and freaking out about it tends to make me feel worse and I’m sure you realized that once you started meditating you most likely felt better. My anxiety contributes to my IBS systems and I try and stay as calm as possible. I too shiver while overheating and feel like I need to strip my clothes off because I cannot handle the pain. We’re strong because we get through it and I’m hoping some day you can find something that will help and you will feel relief. Hang in there!

  • By ldonne

    Hi @jvermillion,
    I too experience the knife poking sharp pains. What feels sometimes like sharp gas pains.
    What I have noticed, hope this is helpful to you, fructose intolerate. I made pear crumble this weekend, shortly after eating the pain starts. It took almost all afternoon to calm down. I’ve been able to control the pain only by strictly sticking to low fodmap, I should have known I would react from the pears. I guess I will be using my oats in cookie recipes instead.
    As for the ibs-c I find that organic oats has been helpful for me.