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a feeling of my stomach & lower stomach knotting up

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This has only happened to me twice, but each time has been identical, even though the 2nd time was several months after the 1st.
It begins with my stomach hurting - a twisting & turning feeling inside, but not exactly a feeling of needing the bathroom - & after an hour or so, it finally gets to be an unbearable pain, so I go to the bathroom.
At first all I feel is constipated, but at the same time it doesn't always feel like I even need the bathroom - just a feeling of my stomach & lower stomach knotting up. I then start to get a little dizzy, & proceed to break out into a horrible sweat.
The stomach pain, sweating & dizziness continues to occur for maybe 30-45 minutes. I can barely talk & my breathing becomes very loud and hard.
After a while, the constipation begins to go away & I am able to go to the bathroom (but as diahhera.) After the pain is pretty much gone, a sharp pain lingers in my lower stomach for a few hours until it finally goes away & everything feels normal again. Why


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replied December 23rd, 2011
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A29700
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Based on the history and the description of the cramps and specifically, in absence of major symptoms ‎like fever, loss of weight, appetite, bloody stools, etc, you may be having Irritable bowel syndrome ‎‎(IBS).‎

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic functional disorder characterized by cramping abdominal ‎pain or discomfort with alterations in bowel habits (bloating, constipation, and diarrhea). These ‎symptoms usually are present for at least 12 weeks in a patient during the previous one year, and ‎unfortunately the onset or subsidence cannot be predicted. ‎

IBS is diagnosed by its signs and symptoms and by the absence of other diseases. IBS does not cause ‎any permanent damage or any serious illness but the symptoms cause severe discomfort & distress ‎affecting an individuals work, ability to travel and attend social events. ‎

Most symptoms of IBS can be controlled with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications ‎‎(laxatives, antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, or antidepressants). ‎

For symptom relief, you may consider to take antacids for acid relief, activated charcoal for bloating ‎and stomach gas issues.‎

You may consider to consult your physician or a gastroenterologist for counselling and prescription of proper medications as needed.


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