6. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease is a collective term for inflamed intestines. It is thought to be caused by the immune system overreacting and causing inflammation and bowel injury. It comes and goes, so the pain will not always be present. But the abdominal cramps and pain can be debilitating.
IBD seems to have a link to cigarette smoking, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and possibly a diet high in fat or refined foods. IBD puts you at risk for certain cancers, liver damage, and blood clots.
Pain is your body is way of telling you something is wrong. Pain that last for more than three months is chronic and can be a sign of cancer, tick borne diseases like Lyme disease, or a sign your immune system is overreacting to stimuli.
Chronic pain is sometimes the only symptom you will have before certain cancers, like liver cancers, are no longer treatable. Chronic pain is no fun to live with and identifying and treating the underlying cause can make your life much more enjoyable and possibly even save your life!