DEAR DR. ROACH: Im a female, 53, who suffers from and is being treated for IBS. I have a history of colon cancer in my family. My family members and I go through regular screenings and so far, weve been clean. Once in a while, I wake up feeling a sharp, stabbing pain in my rectal area that lasts no more than 20-30 minutes before going away. These pains occur no more than once a month, sometimes every few months, but the pain often happens while Im asleep and wakes me up. Luckily, there have been no bloody or black stools or urine following this.
I do exercise and watch what I eat. Could it be gas? At least the pain is short-lived, so it doesnt interfere with my daily activities or routine. — A.