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   Posted 7/26/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 I just recently found healingwell and have mostly been on fibromyalgia foroum. But I do have IBS and have a question. A LONG time ago I was DX with IBS and I don't even remember much about what the doc said about it. Its time to go back and talk to him again. I have a problem of urgency to go and can barely make it. I can't remember the last time I had a normal bowel movement. I don't usually have cramps just the out of the blue urgency to go and then constipation at times. Every now and then I have accidents at night while I sleep. I don't even know it happens. Is there meds for this? I am really scared I am not going to make it while out in public or even at home with hubby. Its embarising (sp?). I do have gas alot. All the time pretty much which is embarassing too. I would like to get this under control. Is it possible? Any advice would be appeciated. Thanks

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   Posted 7/26/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi poco,
Welcome to the board! :-)
Urgency is quite common for IBS, but accidents while sleeping are not. You really should see if you can get in to see a GI (or your doc) as soon as possible.
Your doc will probably be able to prescribe an antispasmodic which should help with the pain and urgency, which might also help with the accidents.
Have you tried taking any OTC meds for the gas? Something like Gas-X or Beano? They both work pretty well for me. Fennel or mint tea also do great for me when I have cramps and gas.
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   Posted 7/27/2008 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Poco,
You are definately not alone in this one. I sometimes think that I just have to pass gas and I accidently go in my pants, or bed. It is majorly embarassing for me. I dont really think that I have IBS though. No testing was done to see if I had it or something else. When you have accidents, do you cramp at all or is it just a feeling of having to pass gas? I dont cramp at all which means that if I ever am in public or the bed I have to hold back the gas. Because I'm afraid that I will go on myself. I hope you find some answers, let me know if you do. I will keep you in my prayers. Are you male or female if you dont mind me asking? I am 20 year old female. Married with a two year old son. Thanks alot and I hope your feeling better!
"There is hope for every man, a solid place where we can stand, in this dry in weary land, there is hope for every man... Jesus is hope for every man"  -Casting Crowns

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   Posted 7/27/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,
 Thanks for your replys. I have tried otc meds for gas but don't seem to help. And I don't have cramps when I have to go just the urgency. And when I have accidents its rarely gas related especially when I'm asleep. I just wake up its like "oh crap" and I hurry up and try to clean up the mess before hubby notices. I have and small accidents during the day by not making it to bathroom in time. But its like I get such little warning its all I can do to hold it in till I can get to the bathroom. Sometimes I get trapped gas in my chest which hurts but usually no pain in belly. Just alot of embarassment. My problems are pretty much daily. Its been a LONG time since I saw a GI doc. I go back to primary doc office this week and may ask to be sent to him again. But with the fibromyalgia thing going on now I don't want to seem like I am becoming a hyperconderiac (sp?). I feel like I am starting to fall apart and I'm only 35. Oh and I am a female. I am from NC , USA. 3 kids and a hubby. I used to have real bad acid reflux and took all kinds of meds for it but nothing helped. It was severe. So I ended up having an ephagus wrap. And now I have no problems with reflux at all. Best surgery I ever had. Was told long ago I had IBS but never really paid it much mind. Don't even remember if I took any meds for it. I just have dealt with it up until this last year or two. It has really become a problem if thats what is the problem is. Was recently told I could have fibromyalgia by orthopedic doc, then probably do by primary care doc, and waiting to see speciaist to see if I really do. I do have osteoprosis. Thought I was to young for that cause I haven't even hit menapause yet. But obviously not to young. I do suffer from major depression for long time. So don't it seem like tooooo many things wrong for one person at my age? But I have noticed as I read on the forums here that alot of people have alot of things going on with them. Wonder why that is? Could it be one big problem where everything else is a symptom? I am rambling now so I will stop. Sorry about that. I'm just confused with whats going on with me. Thanks for you time.

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   Posted 7/28/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Ask your gyno about exercises for your various holes down there! Women who have had a baby are more likely to leak pee or poop on themselves because their muscles get stretched out in childbirth (even if you had all c-sections, the weight of carrying a baby can ruin them). There are physical therapy exercises which can help tighen up those muscles and maybe stop the nighttime accidents. They're even using botox to help women whose bladders leak; something about it making that flaccid muscle more rigid so it keeps the pee in the bladder.

Fibro can cause bowel problems, so that may be why you are suddenly noticing an increase with that. My mother's doctor told her to try going all organic, because something about the chemicals, dyes, preservatives and/or pesticides in food can make fibro worse. If your fibro flares, so too will your bowels, in most cases.
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