Is this pain IBS?

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/13/2006 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there I wonder if anyone can help me with this.
I have been experiencing IBS like symptoms (mainly lower abdominal pain and gas with a two week period of constipation and diahorea)
I have just been for a sigmoidoscope (sorry that's probably not how you spell it) and that was clear so they reckon I have IBS.
I woke up at 5pm this morning with really bad lower abdominal pain, and feeling dizzy and sick, after about half an hour the pain susided d a little and I went back to bed. I now have pain in the same area though not as severe. The pain was very severe and I considered calling the doctor out. I have not gone to work today, fearful that it could return in the same way. - could this be IBS or is it likely to be somehing else - I need to get checked out.
I am waiting for a laparoscope to check out my reproductive organs as I have very painful periods. This pain was not disimilar however I am in the middle of my cycle.
It would be helpful to know if IBS can cause this type of pain, I am also slightly concerned that the sigmoidoscope may have caused an infection or something. It was approximately 11 days ago. Would really appreciate anyones comments

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/13/2006 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you're getting checked out by your gyno as, unfortunately, ovarian cancer mimics IBS perfectly. Thankfully, it is not anywhere near as common as IBS, so it's much more likely you have IBS. But better safe than sorry since ovarian cancer is so extremely treatable when caught early (my aunt had it and all she had done was had a total hysterectomy and she's been fine for 5 years since) but very deadly when missed. Make sure you make it a point to have your doctor check your ovaries.

Many, many women with menstrual problems also have bowel problems. Because your sexual organs lie on (or is that admist?) your intestines, problems with your uterus and ovaries can easily slide over to your intestines. Fibroid tumors have been known to attach to the intestines and endometreosis has been known to scar intestines as well. And yes, unfortunately, IBS can cause severe pain, all on its own.

Some women have had luck going on birth control and some have had a better time going off it all together, or at least changing their type. Lil found that her IBS was worse while she was on the pill. I'm on Depo Provera and have stopped having periods--and have stopped having the constipation that proceeded them. If everything else checks out okay, adjusting you BC might be something you want to consider to see if you find something that makes you at least a little better.

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   Posted 11/14/2006 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for your reply x
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