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How do I know if I have IBD?

  • By awayet

    Maybe about 5 months ago I developed a dull aching pain in my lower right abdomen that happened mainly when I bent over and stood back up. It got really bad a couple of months ago where it was hurting all the time and I went to my doctor. They tried an anti inflammatory and it didn’t really do much for the pain so I went back and he suggested IBS. So I take medicine for that every morning because that’s when I usually have to either have diarrhea or I’m constipated. But usually diarrhea. It seems to help with my nervous stomach most days except I took it the other day and still had diarrhea. Now my left lower abdomen and even the lower part of my ribs seem to hurt throughout the day. I’ve always been an anxious person and I usually have to go when I get nervous. But this constant dull pain in my right side is really bothering me not knowing what it could be and I plan to go back to my doctor again. Anyone have any similar situations or advice?

  • By thedancingcrohnie Moderator

    Hi @awayet,

    I am so sorry you are dealing with these symptoms. Not knowing what is wrong with your body can be so frustrating, so I think it is great that you are being proactive in trying to figure things out.

    I would highly suggest making an appointment with a gastroenterologist that specializes in IBD. Before I was diagnosed with CD, I experienced similar symptoms but also had blood when I would use the restroom. I was immediately sent in for a colonoscopy and was diagnosed right afterwards.

    Perhaps ask your gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy? This way you can see what is going on inside your intestines and can rule things out from there.

    Here is an article about tests and procedures available to diagnose IBD. You may find it interesting.

    I wish you the best. Keep us posted!

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)