Heres the brief backstory. I am a recovering opioid addict and have been clean from street drugs, etc for over a year. Currently I am prescribed Subutex 8mg 2x daily (but I just take one unless I really need it. Also RXd Depakote 2000mg daily and Dicyclomine (Bentyl) 20mg 2-4 times daily or as needed.
Several years ago I spent 12 hours in bed with EXCRUCIATING abdominal pain and non-stop vomiting...I called out of work and drove myself to the E.R. They did some scans and bottom line is there was no evidence of acute appendicitis and the surgeon did not want to perform an appendectomy because he felt it was unwarranted. Symptoms were atypical, but they removed my appendix. I was on a morphine drip because it hurt so bad so unfortunately I dont remember much but I know for fact that the surgeon was forced or *made* to remove mine, which he described as perfectly healthy after the procedure.
Fast forward a few years, still have symptoms. I always assumed they were withdrawals but after I got clean, they were still present. Two Abdominal CTs were done with and without contrast and also a prostate exam and physical exam. No problems found other than her listening to my stomach and writing down "hyperactive bowel". My Primary Care doc put me on Bentyl which has been a LIFESAVER for me, episodes are much less frequent now.
But the attacks still happen. The weird part is that they are 95% of the time triggered by bending over.
Symptoms: RAPID onset within minutes of bending over, sharp stabbing sensations below my belly button and cramping, and the BAD attacks leave me sweating profusely, shaking, and cause vomiting and diarrhea, which seem to relieve symptoms sometimes. Standing up makes it better. Also I get knife-like pain in my abdomen just below my lowest ribs that comes and goes. Nobody can give me any answers other than my current diagnosis.
My diagnosis is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. But I can't see how bending over would cause it. Help! Anyone? Thanks for taking the time to read this!View Thread
I'm a 28 year old male. Had abdominal pain for several years now, on and off, only it's gotten significantly more frequently lately and I'm in discomfort every day. I've had my appendix out. I have a fairly constant pain in my left abdomen, an inch or so above my belly button and between it and my side. It feels like there's a water balloon moving around in there and it's getting poked with a knife, that's the best description I've got.
Aside of that, I also have bouts of *excruciating* pain. They come on extremely rapidly, within a few minutes, and it always begins with me feeling hot and I begin to perspire. Then I get sharp, stabbing, cramping pains in my lower abdomen, on the lower part of my waist line. Sometimes I have diarrhea but usually my stools are hard, probably a side effect of being prescribed Buprenorphine. I had a problem with prescription painkillers but have been off of all but this one for 8 months. Antacids don't have any sort of effect. Only medications I'm on are Buprenorphine 8mg 2x daily, and Dicyclomine 20mg 2-3x daily.
I've been prescribed Dicyclomine 20mg for the abdominal pain and it seems to help but I've only been on it a short time so I don't know for sure. But regardless of the episodes that the Dicyclomine is for, I still have the constant left middle pain. EXHAUSTED all the time no matter how much sleep I get, and SO tired of being in pain. I'm miserable and nobody can give me an answer.
Any advice? I think it may be two separate issues and that's why it's throwing my doctor off. The diagnosis was irritable bowel.
Abdominal ultrasound came back normal. Blood work came back normal. I had a Leukocyte count in the 20's in my urine and they sent a culture out but they've kept me in the dark, I don't find out results until the 11th, but it doesn't feel like a UTI issue, it feels digestive...
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