Trying to figure out if this is the beginning of IBS

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   Posted 8/23/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,  For the past two months or so I've been having "bouts" of vomiting for no obvious reason.  There can be two weeks between them.  They come on suddenly and are very, shall we say, "thorough"...  The first time it happened, I thought it was food poisoning.  This last one (yesterday) had a brand new component - diarrhea which followed the vomiting.  I couldn't go four feet from the bathroom for hours and I was absolutely exhausted.   I don't have any real pain to speak of only that "belly-ache" feeling.  This is always preceeded by massive bloating - so bad that I have to open my pants.
I have had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for years, I'm wondering if I'm now developing IBS on top of it - I believe that's another autoimmune condition, right? 
One thing I did notice yesterday was that immediately before this happened, I had gotten upset about something - not a "big" upset - but I was in a state of a little anxiety.  Is there a connection, d'ya think? 
Thanks for any opinions or info.  moon

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   Posted 8/23/2006 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Vomiting is not typically a symptom of IBS, although a few people do vomit on occasion.  IBS is not an auto-immune disease; you are thinking of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), which includes Crohn's. 
You need to see a doctor about the random vomiting.  It is more commonly a symptom of things like a bad gall bladder or hietal hernia/acid reflux than IBS, so you need to get checked for those things and for any signs of infection or parasites.  If nothing there, then look to have a colonoscopy to check for IBDs, since I think it is easier, as you suspect, to get additional auto-immune diseases when you already have one.  I think Crohn's disease is also more likely to make you vomit than IBS. 
Like I said, vomiting is not unheard of with IBS, but it doesn't seem to be very common (at least a lot of people on here don't complain of it) and it seems to be your main symptom.  But if your testing for everything else comes back clear, then you just get to enjoy your IBS that much more.  mad

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   Posted 8/23/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info!
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