Can physical injuries trigger IBS?

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   Posted 12/7/2008 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. This is Dennis, the IBS-C, MS guy...

I recently tripped on the sidewalk, my drop foot caught on something, and I went down hard...I caught the force of smacking the sidewalk on my shoulder and back...after x-rays no broken bones or rotaetor cuff damage. Just bruised and annoying pain for a while. But right after the IBS really started become worse. I had really kept it under good control...easy journeys to the bathroom instead of trepidation.

I know pain stresses the body and mind, but can it also act as a trigger. I do have some pain killers from the dentist are really good, but might cause constipation.... can't win sometimes
It seemed like a good idea at the time

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   Posted 12/10/2008 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your fall... BUT, glad there's no serious damage.
As you mentioned, pain stresses the body, the entire body - that goes for the guts too. A major trigger for IBS is stress.
And yes, pain meds can cause constipation. Have you thought about taking 1/2 a dosage? Or maybe going for something OTC instead (aspirin, etc.)?
Hope you get to feeling better soon.
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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I broke my wrist and had a flare-up of IBS, and it also seems to get worse when I have a cold or am overtired. Neat how life revolves around poops, eh?
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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I also can and usually do go into flare of my crohns
due to stress or trauma to the body
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