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   Posted 4/4/2011 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I have recently been diagnosed with IBS, I'm 17 and had my first colonoscopy when I was 16. I was just wondering if anyone experiences hot flashes with an IBS flare up? I also have GERD and it seems when my IBS flares up so does my GERD.

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   Posted 4/5/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
You might want to track your IBS & GERD flare ups with your menstrual cycle. Perhaps the hot flashes are related to that as well. Plenty of girls get bowel problems along with their period.
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.

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   Posted 4/5/2011 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hot flashes as in sweating, or the sensation of being hot in the face and neck without sweating when the rest of the body is not hot. I have the latter, and though I'm quite a bit older than you, I am pretty sure in my case, it is not hormonal, as the symptom is on a list of common non-GI symptoms associated with IBS from the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, and I know of males who also report this. I am not a doctor, so this may or may not be your situation, but it is a distinct possibility.

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   Posted 4/6/2011 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm quite a bit older than you, mid-50s, so my hot flashes are hormonal as well.

What I do experience are chills and aches, I feel actually sick from a dumping episode or all out D. When stool is exiting my body at a rapid rate, I tend to feel this way and then need time to recover. Usually hot tea, chicken noodle soup, etc. make me feel better.

Figure out what makes you feel better - perhaps iced water, or 7 up, would help with the hot flashes. Remember to sip, not down. Also a wet compress (washcloth) to the face would be beneficial.

IBS can be brutal, in all its forms. While I don't actually have IBS, I have symptoms very similar to it that make me feel so ill at times. So I completely understand.

I was out of town on a brief trip last weekend. Had a dumping episode for a few hours where I was completely empty afterwards (very loose stool, that seems to come every 10 minutes or so). Once done, I was ravenous. My daughter carried out a cup of chicken noodle soup and a turkey sub from a Pot Belly restaurant. Let me tell you, I wanted to inhale that soup, it was perfect. My gut seemed to crave that type of meal. I knew going into the following day I would be feeling much better and I was right.

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   Posted 4/6/2011 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I get like hot flushes too but not like breaking out in a sweat. When I have an attack or a flare up as you call them I tend to sleep with the fan on low. I'll also go from being hot to cold. I tend to suffer from constant nausea with my attacks to which doesn't help the flushes. Hope this helps :)
IBS diagnosed suffered for over 20 years. In late thirties. Needing advise or guidance as Doctors not much help! :(

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   Posted 4/22/2011 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
yes i do everytime just before i need go!!! thought was only one

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   Posted 4/22/2011 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I previously posted concerning GI problems and gastritis. I have had an upper GI w/ small bowel follow through and an endoscopy and everything has come back fine. I've been tracking my GI problems and since Oct. 2010 I have had a lot of issues with first a period that lasted three weeks (it was light, not heavy). Then after taking estradoil for 3 wks it was at least two weeks late and when it came I got sick (gastritis type symptoms). I am 41 and started birth control as a young teen due to severe periods. The only times I was off BC was for 3 pregnancies until 3 years ago when a bout of elevated BP (only 140/90) was thought by one doc to be realted to the pill. Since then I have been on Micronor (progestin only) and over the past 3 years have had terrible bouts w/ GI issues. 1 year after stopping the combo pill (ortho nuvum) I got very sick and after a week of nausea and not eating was told my Gallbladder was the prob. and it was removed. Unfortunately I continued to have episodes off and on over the next couple of years (although not as extreme as that 1st one). I went from 140 lbs to 122 lbs. since this began. I've now notice the "episodes" are happening around the time of my period - usually a few days into bleeding until about day 7 or 8 AFTER it ends. I even remember this was the case back during the first episode when they took the GB. I had a hormone test done three days after a period ended and the FSH was 54 which was apparently a post-men. level, the LH was 12 which is peak ovulation, estrogen was less than 10 and progesterone was 0.47. It is my understanding that these levels are not normal - that I may be dealing with perimenopause. I do realize that there should be additional levels testing to confirm they're out of whack, but if the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance that you read on numerous sites are accurate, I have the marjority of them. I can deal with the flushing/sweating/dryness/anxiety etc, however, the biggest issue that I'm hoping to get under control is nausea which makes it very difficult to eat and I end up losing weight (although I can gain it back after the episode passes). I do take zofran as necessary but hate to take any meds unless absolutely necessary. My GYN has now put me back on a combo. pill - ortho cyclen in the hopes it will even out the hormones and stop the nausea and other issues. Has anyone had success with this? How long does it take to start to work? I'm only 2 wks into the pills and doc says it's prob. going to take a couple months. I'd like to also note to anyone suffering with IBS (which is what my GI doc said was the issue - - which it's not) that I have suffered with alternating const/diar all of my life; was never "regular". I started taking a multi-probiotic and yogurt and have fixed those problems.

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   Posted 4/22/2011 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I forgot to mention....I went off all BC back in November so I wasn't taking anything until two weeks ago...including the time of the hormone testing. Last few periods were over 30 days apart.
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