5 doctors weighed in:

I suffer from lower abdominal cramps on a daily basis. I've been to the ER three times and found I was only constipated. Is this ibs?

5 doctors weighed in
Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: IBS

Ibs can cause different symptoms for different people.
Some feel bloated with pain and/or cramping andexperience constipation while others experience diarrhea, or both. Some experience it daily, while others experience a few times a month. Different foods and even stress can trigger episodes. Make an appointment with your pcp to determine the cause of your cramping and available treatments.

In brief: IBS

Ibs can cause different symptoms for different people.
Some feel bloated with pain and/or cramping andexperience constipation while others experience diarrhea, or both. Some experience it daily, while others experience a few times a month. Different foods and even stress can trigger episodes. Make an appointment with your pcp to determine the cause of your cramping and available treatments.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
Answer assisted by Nicole Bressler, Medical Student
Thank
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No this is constipation! if you are over 50 and have never had a colonoscopy, you need one.
If the exam is normal then get on a hi fiber diet, 20-25 grams of fiber per day, drink 80-`1-- ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids daily and increase your fluiods if you do strenuous work or excercise. Do not use harsh laxatives.

In brief: No

No this is constipation! if you are over 50 and have never had a colonoscopy, you need one.
If the exam is normal then get on a hi fiber diet, 20-25 grams of fiber per day, drink 80-`1-- ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids daily and increase your fluiods if you do strenuous work or excercise. Do not use harsh laxatives.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors