rj.crow

167d

Does anyone else get really bad bouts of intense abdominal pain a couple times a year? It’s almost like clockwork, once in August and once in December. It doesn’t seem to be brought on by anything in particular, but for a couple of days I’ll be in so much pain that I can’t even extend my legs and I spend the whole time laying in the fetal position. Last time I was able to sip on broth, but it took me 8 hours to get a cup down because it hurt so bad to put anything in my stomach. My doctor has shown no concern whatsoever but it really freaks me out. Anyone know what’s causing it?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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  • ShaeJack21

    167d

    I do get more GI issues in the fall around end of October and I'm really not sure why. My stomach hurts pretty bad occasionally though I haven't noticed a pattern

    • rj.crow

      167d

      Maybe it has something to do with how heavy most holiday food is? Thanksgiving can cause smaller flare ups of a similar pain for me pretty frequently. Plus the holidays are stressful. I can’t figure out why I get them in the summer too though.

      • ShaeJack21

        166d

        it happens before I eat the holiday food. I don't celebrate anything between 4rth of July and Thanksgiving. It always happens right before Thanksgiving and I am unable to enjoy it ☹

  • Arctic

    167d

    hm I've got no idea what that could be. I'm not as knowledgeable as I'd like to be about physical illnesses/concerns, but if this were me I'd try to find the trigger. which you have probably already attempted to seeing as how you said it doesn't seem to be triggered by anything specific. I think the fact that it happens at the same time of year every year is the biggest clue and where you should start. my first though was perhaps something related to the weather. August and December are, obviously, summer and winter months (depends on where you live, though. I hadn't thought of that yet oops!), which are both ends of the extremes in terms of weather and temperature. I'm not sure how much weather can affect the gastrointestinal system, but I wouldn't be surprised if it could. I would also retrace your steps in the days before they hit. did you go outside and get exposed to something? since it happens at the same times, look for environmental phenomenon that correspond to those times. the next thing I'd think of is probably menstruation. I don't know the specifics for you personally or if you even DO, but if you do have the ability to menstruate, is it irregular? are you on a type of medication that affects it? is there a special annual or biannual event that happens in your life at these times that causes you to maybe eat things you usually don't every other day? like birthdays, holidays, cultural traditions, etc. it's not uncommon to develop allergies or sensitivities to foods later in life that you didn't deal with as a kid. that's kind of all I've got for biological triggers. but another thing to think about is psychological triggers. do these episodes happen around anniversaries of things that deeply affected you or were potentially traumatic? do you have a job that gets stressful at these times every year? or if you're a student, at least in the US, those times correlate to the beginning of the year and the end of the first semester when exams usually take place. do you get especially stressed then? if none of this rings a bell, I'd probably just go on a research rabbit hole pertaining to anything gastrointestinal related. this could mean genetic disorders/syndromes, physical defects of that area either from birth or physical trauma, chronic conditions, acute conditions, etc etc. hopefully anything I said jogs a memory or makes you think of something you hadn't thought of yet! your doctor sucks btw, if you've expressed a lot of concern over it and they don't care. think of switching if that's possible, or maybe see a specialist.

    • ShaeJack21

      166d

      unfortunately most doctors, at least the like 30+ I've seen suck most of the time when it comes to caring about my symptoms

      • Arctic

        166d

        yeah, that's unfortunately how it is a lot of the time... it's awful how common it is. ableism, sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia are all too rampant in careers of medicine. and really most careers for that matter, tbh. but there are good and fair doctors out there. they just are more often than not hidden by the louder prejudiced ones. it takes a lot of time and effort, but they can be found.

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