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Is it Diverticulitis or IBS?

Digestive Health | Last Active: Apr 28, 2020 | Replies (36)

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@tennisgolf , @courtneyt , hi to both of you. I have been reading through this thread and agree with everything I have been seeing. I just wanted to add to if a future olonoscopy rules out other things, and leaves you with a diagnosis of IBS, that you might also want to have a pelvic floor exam done by a pelvic floor therapist or a specialist who deals with pelvic floor dysfunction. I was having similar pain in same abdominal area for years after several surgeries in that general area, which eventually became worse throughout the years. It all came to an excruciating painful climax last March. Eventually, after having test after tests and exam after exam, which ruled everything else out, I was told by both my Internist and my GI, that I have IBS-C&D, pelvic floor dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, and BE. I have also had a whole year and a half to do all of my research and everything seems to be flowing with what my team of specialists are telling me (I have a GI for ibs, and BE, a rheumatologist for the fibromyalgia and chronic pain with relation to my CNS [nerves], a pelvic floor physical therapist [in relation to not being able to relax my muscles due to adhesions from surgical scar tissue as well as from stress], and a Urogynocologist for my IC [painful bladder spasms]. Sometimes poop and gas backs up in the intestinal track right where your pain is that you're describing is and there's a physical manipulation you can do that my therapist taught me in order to get it flowing again. Obviously, it's also extremely important and most beneficial to follow a restricted diet for this as well. Since my IBS is both constipation and diarrhea, but more so constipation, I follow the Low FODMAP diet, which you can Google. But, also, in addition to this physical manipulation I'm talking about, the muscle/fascia tissue needs some kind of consistent therapy to loosen up to where those tight restricted muscles and nerves can learn to relax again and push out whatever waste needs to be pushed out, without the pain. They can do surgical procedures to remove some of the scarring, but it's usually not recommended (unless your case is severe and nothing else has worked) since this will be yet another surgery, with more possible scarring. I am not completely better, but I am making much progress from where I first started. In addition to the helps I've mentioned already, I do physical therapy stretches and now as of recent, strengthening stretches at home, daily, which my therapist taught me. I am also having to take a nerve relaxer as well as a muscle relaxer daily to help while I am still a work in progress but my rheumatologist is hopeful that I will be able to only take as needed in the near future as I continue to get better, from time to time, whenever I get a flare up. He has put me on the lowest dosage for both of those meds, and neither of them are habit forming, thank God for that, bc they really have helped relax me as well as keep the chronic pain that I used to feel, at bay. I don't know if any of this will help you, but I just wanted to share a little bit of my journey with you. And, if you have any questions about anything that I said here, please let me know here in the thread, or feel free to send me a private message. Keep us posted on whatever you find out and on how you're doing!

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Hi @graceandpeace,

I thought you might also be interested in viewing this Connect video on the GI Page, (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/), where Mayo Clinic dietitian, Jacalyn See, offers more insight about the FODMAP diet:
A Map for the FODMAP diet https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery/newsfeed-post/a-map-for-the-fodmap-diet/

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