IBS, GERD and Menstruation.

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tgurl1323
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   Posted 3/1/2011 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, I'm new here. I'm 17 and have IBS and GERD, I also have emetophobia which is the fear of vomiting so GERD doesn't help with my panic, anxiety that comes along with my phobia.

I was wondering if anyone else finds that their IBS and GERD gets worse during their period, I'm on mine now and I've had to run to the bathroom 3 times in the past half hour with horrible diarrhea, very(gross I know) but loose and watery, is this normal? And my GERD flare ups are terrible too, earlier I could feel my food up in my throat after I had choked on some of my saliva from water brash and then it went back down. Does anyone also find that their GERD flares up get worse when they haven't eaten? I have a lot of questions since I finally get to ask my own questions instead of read everyone else's Q&A.

What do you experience from your IBS/GERD?

kazbern
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   Posted 3/2/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
It is really common to get diarrhea with your period. I think other bowel functions are also affected with the hormonal changes in a woman's cycle, so I'm not surprised that your GERD gets worse at this time of the month. {{{{HUGS}}}}
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48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

shawn12
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   Posted 3/2/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
tgurl1323

panic and anxiety can increase symptoms.

"I was wondering if anyone else finds that their IBS and GERD gets worse during their period"

This is not uncommon.

Women: Special IBS Issues
It has long been known that women, especially those age 15 to 45, make up the bulk of IBS patients — approximately two-thirds of IBS patients are female.

This section was developed in response to an e-mail inquiry to us by an IBS patient. She described her elation in being freed from IBS symptoms during her pregnancy. However, one month after delivery, her symptoms returned. This prompted a search of the IBS literature for the effects of female hormones on IBS.

You can find further information on Women and IBS in our IBS Research & Resources section, which has research article summaries that deal with IBS and the menstrual cycle, as well as with IBS and abuse.

http://www.mindbodydigestive.com/mbdc/women-special-issues/
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I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

shawn12
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   Posted 3/2/2011 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
tgurl1323

IBS and gerd can effect each other.

You might look at this on gerd also.

http://www.aboutgerd.org/

There are some foods to avoid perhaps in both conditions. Chocolate for one, but there are others.

You also might need to work on stress and anxiety issues, these are really important.

One good thing is your young and there is hope.
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I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

BetterThanHellThough
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   Posted 3/4/2011 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to this forum, someone suggested last month that my irregular cramps could be related to my periods.
Well, the timing was correct last month, and this month as well, so let's see how it will be in the months to come, but it makes sense, as it could be that the uterus micro spasms needed to evacuate the menstrual blood triggers the digestive tract cramps.
Luckily, this month, the cramps were very mild compared to last month. For that, I have no explanation. Or maybe the enzymes I am taking after each meal this month helped.

Yes, I would also advise you to work on your anxiety, stress and phobia. Not only will your disease be lightened, but definitely the whole quality of your inner and outer life will greatly improve. And after all, we care more about happiness and quality of life than physical pain, so go for it! Try yoga and meditation, cool music, etc. Learn to love yourself and appreciate the treasure of your life.
You are lucky to be alive here.
I hope you can enjoy it fully!
French, F, 43
Currently living in Northern Indian Himalayas, without good medical facilities
Suspect IBS or IBD, UC or Cronh - Cannot be cheked, please advise accoring to my symptoms
Chronic indigestion for t 6 years, loss of weight, Irregular diarrhea & abdominal cramps, left side colitis. Teeth fast decay, general weakness. Amoeabia infection twice, never before. Low back pain

finenow
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   Posted 3/5/2011 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a very small Hiatus Hernia that causes GERD. Bile Salts D. will cause you to have lots of D. I take Cholestyramine for this and all is well.

+IWillBe
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   Posted 3/12/2011 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi tgurl1323:
 
While reading the first sentance of your post, i had to stop and check if this wasnt one of my own post (lol) because i also have ibs, acid reflux/gastritis AND EMETOPHOBIA. Omg its hard finding people who have this phobia along with stomach issues.
 
I am 22 years old female and had been dealing with acid reflux for over 6 years, including my phobia. Yes my symptoms ALWAYS get so much worse during my menstrual period =( . Im actually on it right now and my stomach has been burning like crazy..i cant even eat.
 
We have a lot in common...we should keep in contact :)
 
By now you should be off your period so hope you are doing a lot better!

tgurl1323
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   Posted 3/21/2011 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Ahh, I'm so sorry everybody that this reply took so long. I honestly was just googling "IBS, GERD and menstruation" because I started today and I had forgotten that I created this forum and when I started reading it and I looked the user name and I was "!!! that's me" hahaha.

Thank you all so much for your answer, I really appreciate. I'm going to make an appt with my dr. and gyno to see what's going on here.

hazelbooboo
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   Posted 4/25/2011 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all im new here too i have gerd and ibs and yep my period is due and i feel totally rubbish but unfortunatly i pigged out on chocolate ( i know stupid ) and i get very hormonal during periods so really doesnt help with ibs and gerd then u feel rubbish so get down and so the vicous circle begins again grr grr . I also have a mentally disabled child and so my stress levels are through the roof at the moment im dealing with rather alot and while i type this im crying so bloody tough at times : ( but having said that most of the time im happy and positive but seriously need lots of hugs right now xxx

BetterThanHellThough
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   Posted 4/25/2011 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I had confirmation that there is a connection between cramps and menstruation again in April, but this month, my pain is nothing compared to January/February. Can't say why. Maybe Aloe Juice I am taking (more thn the enzymes?)

hazelbooboo
Lots of hugs to you form the depth of my heart
Please remember your are not alone, we all in the same boat and some of us suffer like hell while some of us managed to heal from many various proble, physical, emotional, etc. and they try to share their vitality and loving energy with others. Many great people on this earth...!
The thing is, do we open to healing energies? If we don't, it's like keeping the windows closed and curtain down and suffering from lack of fresh air and light. The poor sun can shine without cloud like midday in the saharian desert and the poor wind outside can blow like huge storm, we will not benefit.

I would suggest all of us seek not only medical help but energy healing. I have tried that, I am currently on it and that's just incredibly good. I went to Barbara Brennan School of Healing BBSH website, searched the link "find a graduate" and sent a email to a few of them in my country, seeking help. The first one was just okay, i had one session, and then I tried to find somebody else, now the second one is really helping me, the first session already changed my mood from chornically depressed/depleted to almost filled with joy. I would call her my angel!
Of course, note that this is all a very individual matter, but i think it can help all of us, any of us, tremendously.
Later, another one I had sent an email to (but I don't need her help now) not only went through Barbara Brennan's 4 years training but also through 4 years Integrated Kabbalistic Healing Training. Out of curiosity, I explored that on internet and it seems one can find very very helpful graduates from that as well. There are a few good things and relaible things one can find, so I wanted to urge you who suffer form chronic health issue to give that a try.
I leave to you to find your way. I want to add however that I don't personanly believe very much in Reiki and other superficial energy healing -- but over all, it fully depends on us, what we need really, and on the healer -- more the healer than the training or thecniue, I woud even dare to say. Anyway, try BBHS, I think it is very reliable overall. You may like first to read a book on what it is all about, and that is a very good idea.
If you find a healer too expensive, tell her/him, they can adjust. (in my case, I have almost no income, so I had to ask for special conditions). If they cannot, then look for somebody else who is more open to your situation.
And BBHS even have a fund to help those who can't afford, ourweepingangels.org.
I found out that the BBSH healers I got in touch with all accepted to adjust their financial conditions.

Just explore, and tell you self that you deserve healing! (i doubted it, you know?)
Wish you all complete healing and happy healthy life...
Take care!

Post Edited (BetterThanHellThough) : 4/25/2011 2:59:58 AM (GMT-6)


hazelbooboo
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   Posted 4/25/2011 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
AW thank u il get a book to read on it all i know positive mind can help with stress etc and i am trying believe me lol
Thank u once again xx
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