Been in severe pain for 3 years now. Seen so many doctors who tell me it's probably just IBS. Can IBS hurt this much to where my lower back, under my rib cage, and down low in my pelvic area burn and hurt so badly where I feel I am going to go crazy from the pain? I don't have much pain only when I'm laying down but as soon as I get up, the pain begins and gets worse as the day continues. It also hurts worse after urination. I've taken all IBS medicines but nothing helped. Now I've turned to my pills and alcohol in order to not go crazy, but at the same time, it makes the pain worse once everything wears off. I work and have 3 kids and hiding this and trying to deal with my pain in secrecy is getting too overwhelming. I need to know if this is IBS or if there is any suggestions on any other problem that could be causing this, I really can't deal with this much longer.......
If you've been taking Vicodin for 3 years now, youâve become addicted to it. IBS is a functional disorder without any structural damages that are found in the intestinal orders. IBS, like TMJ, could be a manifestation of anxiety. IBS could be causing your pain but first all other possibilities have to be excluded. You can request an x-ray image of the spine to exclude spondylosis as reason for the pain. An abdominal ultrasound can be also done to exclude kidney or gallbladder stones as reason for the abdominal pain. The best you can do for yourself is to stop abusing alcohol and pills. You may consult a mental health doctor or seek help from a 12-Step group like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous for support.
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