An irritable or sensitive bowel is a good example of a pain you can’t see. It looks normal at a laparoscopy or ultrasound but certainly doesn’t feel normal.
Bowel pain can be felt anywhere in the mid or low abdomen, sometimes more on the right side. When felt low in the abdomen it is easily confused with pain from pelvic muscles, the uterus, the bladder or endometriosis.
The most typical feature of bowel pain is that the pain gets better after wind or a bowel action has been passed, and there are usually other bowel symptoms, such as diarrhoea, constipation or bloating.