PMS is making it worse...

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   Posted 10/26/2007 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
In the past right before my period my IBS-C would get some relief because my hormones would kick into high gear and I would be regular or even have D, but for at least a year now it seems that the PMS is actually making the C worse...which is highly frustrating!  It doesn't matter if I consume nothing but fiber and water the entire time...I always end up needing to double up on whatever relief agent I am taking.
Does this happen to any other women?  Should I go back on the pill?  I took myself off over a year ago which is right around the time my IBS-C around my period suddenly changed for the worse.

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   Posted 10/26/2007 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, absolutely.  Happens to me every month.  I can practically predict the day I am getting my period based on the severity of the C!

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   Posted 10/27/2007 12:06 AM (GMT -7)   
The only time I get any semblance of relief from my severe chronic diarrhea is during PMS, when I "only" go 4-5 times a day.  It definitely has an Immodium-like effect on me for some reason.  Some women have diarrhea, some women get constipated; I think it's rare for the bowels to act normally in this state.  You might try eating some dried fruit and maybe some oatmeal every morning the week before your period!
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   Posted 10/27/2007 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Long before I had my colon resection (removal of 15 inches, 90% of my sigmoid, due to rectal malignant tumor) in 1999, I had loose bm's before my periods. For years! In fact when I delivered my second baby in 1990, I was given an enema, despite the fact that labor pains usually bring on bm's anyway, from what the nurse said. I told her I always got "messed up" bm wise before my periods. She said that was normal for many women (and especially during labor and delivery too).

Fast forward to after my resection and trying to find some sort of normalcy with my daily bm count now (12 to 20), when I do have a period (going into the big M now, at age 52), I am real mess. Sometimes all out D.

So you are not alone.

I often feel better when I just let my body do its thing too. Trying to firm up the bm's or turn D around, just makes it all worse. It's as if my body wants to clean me out and again, if I just put up with it, I feel better, in the long run.

So what I am saying is I was this way long before a colon resection and losing my all important Sigmoid. But couple periods and PMS with having a shorter colon and no place for stool to back up in me and I am such a mess. The only good thing with me now is I seem to entering the stage where I'm not having periods every single month. I was up until 4 or 5 months ago too! Odd for my age I know, but I was still having them. When I do have a period, I just put up with all the discomfort, bloating, repeated loose stool, many, many trips to the bathroom. A few days later as my period is winding down, I am almost cleaned out and feel as if I had just had a colonoscopy prep! So that's the flip side - I have great days after a period b/c I had just come thru near-he** to get there!

Hang in there, from all I've gathered it's quite normal. For a vast majority of women.


Post Edited (Marsky) : 10/27/2007 8:18:28 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/27/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for all the I feel like more normal!
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