I am surprised that I have received only 1 response. I think maybe my question was a bit confusing...(sry bout that). I guess what I would like to ask is ...."Are my symptoms indicative of IBS ???" After a BM in morning, my day is shot ! I feel pain in the abdomen and rectum for the rest of the day along with no energy. Consecutive BMs will be more difficult and will make things even worse, painwise.
Hi Tipoil- the other poster is right- there may well be more info. on the UC site about that. I can tell you that yes, those sx are very similar to some with IBS. The funny thing about IBS is that is is really a myriad of symptoms. Yours fit right in. Mine began as a very severe nausea, dry heaving (no vomiting) and extreme fatigue (from the chronic and intense nausea). Now that the nausea has faded, I am prone to episodes of extreme abdominal pain, so much so that it leads to vomiting, sometimes explosively so (no, it's not my appendix :) While abdominal cramping (mine isn't cramping, its' more along the lines of straight pain) and diahrrea seem to be the dominant symptoms, people have many more. I normally don't have diahrrea anymore (had it in the beginning), but become constipated, trouble moving bowels, etc. You know, though I always wondered about people with Crohn's and UC who also have IBS- I always think, 'man, that sux'. I'm so sorry if you do have both- as UC is certainly a lot of stress and illness. One of my best friends has it and really suffers and struggles. I hope this has helped some and I wish you health and happiness- hope you feel better.
PS- this forum has been slower lately than usual.