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H'
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   Posted 1/22/2006 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I've just recently being diagnosed with IBS and struggling to cope, it seems that no matter what i eat i end feeling bloated and in pain.
Also, I havent had a period since end of november, has this happened to anyone else or is it just me and need to rush to the docs this week!

Hellan

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   Posted 1/22/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   

H

Are your sure your not pregnant?? Have you taken a pregnancy test?


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   Posted 1/22/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi H',
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
IBS and menstration are not connected so you probably should go see your OB/GYN as soon as you can. Are you on any form of birth control? I have found that BC can alter digestion, as well as cause menstration irregularities.
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   Posted 1/22/2006 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi H',
Welcome... I would also suggest going to get a pregnancy test as well. My IBS got better with my pregnancy as well however some pregnancy symptoms can be similar to IBS symptoms. Let us know what happens and keep posting.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 1/23/2006 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Sudden weight loss can cause menstration problems. Have you lost weight from being sick with your IBS? If you've ever been irregular before, this may just be a new manifestation of the old problem. Back when I had periods, they were never regular and they'd take spells where sometimes they were more regular than other times and sometimes I'd skip periods for months. So if that's happened to you before, I wouldn't be concerned.

If you are usually clockwork regular, then yes, you may want to go see your gyno and get some hormone tests. I don't know your age, but some women can start menopause as early as their late 30's. Hotflashes and irritability, etc. would give you an indication if this is happening to you. A check of your hormone levels can also confirm that. Oh, and hair loss can be a sign of hormone imbalance (although I have lost hair without having a hormone imablance, so it's not definitive).

Unfortunately, your IBS may be masking some more serious female issues, like polycystic ovaries or endomitriosis. Both cause hurting in the same area as IBS and periods and hormone fluctuations of other sorts can cause gas and diarrhea or constipation. One of our girls posted a couple of weeks ago a news article about ovarian cancer causing the same symptoms as IBS. If they didn't give you blood work and a full look-over when they diagnosed your IBS, then you should definitely go to the gyno and make him or her check you out. Out of everything I've listed, the cancer is the least likely to happen, so don't get scared and feel doomed; just see your doctor and get sorted out if you don't see a more obvious explanation.

Carynanne
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   Posted 1/24/2006 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I'm new at this, but I have just diagnosed myself :) with moderate IBS-D.  I also have PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome), and I am finding more and more that there is a link between the two, although there seems to be little research to prove it.  Here is why this is relevant to your post: PCOS has caused me to go for months, up to a year and a half, without periods in the past (I am 26, and didn't start menstruating until I was 16.)  I have always had irregular periods, but only in the last two years have I had the painful gut episodes that end in diarrhea, always early in the morning.  More and more I am putting together that the disfunctions in my body are related, and I am starting up a very strict no-milk, no-gluten, low-fat diet, in hopes that the episodes will stop.  I would be interested in any studies that may link infertility/irregular periods with irritable bowels, because anecdotally, I am finding all kinds of posts on the internet about people who have both. 
Caryn Anne 
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