Question about IBS - signs of pregnancy or just IBS acting up?

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   Posted 7/23/2006 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
:-) Hello my name is onejobette, and I am new to this site here. I have a question about IBS associated with pregnancy. First of all, I have had IBS now for about a year and a half. Very painful. It's like pms for your stomach! mad Anyhow, I have no children, and I don't know, I THINK, but I'm probably not, pregnant. I say this to say, and don't mean to be to personal, but I am due for my "friend" eyes on the 24th or 28th. I did take a test, and it came up negative. However, the usual symptoms I personally would be getting, around this time now, are not present.
You know how IBS works, and I had a HORRIBLE attack this morning. The abdominal pain, the nausea, horrible pain, and finally, vomiting. I took a prescribed pill from my doctor. But my question is this: CAN pregancy cause IBS to trigger? I read somewhere on this post about stress causing ibs? no, but that once you already have it, stress and active hormones (or whatever, didn't get a chance to look at it real good) can trigger and IBS attack.
Hope I was not to "detailed" ? in my post here, but this has been a question I've been wondering about now for a while.
Thank you smurf

Post Edited (onejobette) : 7/23/2006 12:32:35 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/23/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome to HealingWell! :-)
IBS is tricky in that it's pretty much different for everyone. It's hard to say what causes it or what triggers it... However, docs do know that stress does not cause IBS, it just makes it worse. I can't imagine that pregnancy would cause IBS either. But I don't know. I would think that because of the normal hormone changes from pregnancy you would feel sick (as expected) but you wouldn't necessarily have IBS, unless you already had IBS. Does that make sense?
Do you normally vomit when you're having an IBS attack? That's usually not common, so it could be a sign of pregnancy. Although, there are a few people it happens to on occasion because the pain gets so bad. Are you on an anti-spasmodic to help with the pain and cramping?
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   Posted 7/23/2006 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 6 months pregnant (25 weeks) and my IBS was HORRIBLE starting a few days after implantation! Every time I'd throw up I'd also have horrible diarrhea, stomach cramping, etc. My nausea ended at 20 weeks and two weeks later my IBS-D went away for the first time in a year. That was 2 weeks ago, and the gurgling intestines, gas and morning cramping and diarrhea are now back. It isn't horrible and if I take an Immodium I get a day off! I am convinced that the pregnancy hormones definitely stirred the IBS up, and made it go into that two week remission when my hormones leveled out.

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   Posted 7/24/2006 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
A number of people on here have had babies while they have IBS.  Some people have worse IBS and some people's goes completely away while they are pregnant and then comes back just as soon as they have the baby.  It just all seems to be tied to the hormones, the same way some women get morning sickness and some never do. 
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