Period and IBS Attack

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scared2getsick
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   Posted 5/7/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

Quick question for ya. As many of you know, my IBS problem has been all but cured via prayer, chiropractic, exercise and digestive advantage. However, I seem to still be getting problems around my period from time to time. Earlier today I was feeling great, all of the sudden, I got dizzy, nauseated and headachy. Within a few hours, I was on the toilet with loose bowels and tough cramping. It has not been this bad in a long time. I am supposed to start my period on Sat and was wondering if you guys think that may be the culprit.

At the moment, I don't feel bad other than in my intestines and actually am hungry. I am hoping that is a sign of PMS issues and not returning IBS or an illness. Please let me know what you think. Thanks so much. Hope you are all doing well.
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Marsky
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   Posted 5/7/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Long before I developed IBS like symptoms due to rectal cancer, having 15 inches of my colon removed along with 90% of my sigmoid AND my gallbladder, I used to have loose frequent bm's 1 to 2 days before I would start my period. Each month, without fail. I told my doctor about it once and he said that normal for many women. Chalking it up to Nature's Way of cleaning you out. All I know is I get that nature's way (ie result of surgeon's handiwork) all the time now......I'm in Menopause now but when I had periods each month, I had a hard time telling if the loose bm's were my usual gut problems or my period coming.

Hope you feel better.

scared2getsick
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   Posted 5/7/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the help. I have moved into liquid diharrea now, but still feel fine in every other way including hunger. I hope it is PMS.
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Sarita
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   Posted 5/7/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
The hormones will cause intestinal wackiness, that's for sure...a lot of women get diarrhea, rectal spasms, etc. with their periods. I'm actually normally the diarrhea queen (have had the lovely watery D 6-7 times today so far - pretty typical for me) but for about one day during my period I actually "dry up" and have only 1-2 BMs and sometimes they are even formed! Too bad I still get the cramps, though...

You might try an Imodium on the day you get your period, it might do the trick to stop you up!
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scared2getsick
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   Posted 5/7/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I will try that. I have only eaten a bite of chicken and half a biscuit did not have anymore episodes after the first. I am still hungry, but feel blah. Period supposed to start on Sat, I am guessing that is probably it. Let's hope so. Thanks all. Sleep well. I hope too.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 5/8/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to get constipated before my periods--several days before. I'm on BC now that keeps me from having periods, so I no longer notice a connection between hormonal fluctuations and bowel problems.
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