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   Posted 11/6/2007 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello again. My symptoms seem to have now formed something of a pattern. Quite urgent to go upon waking, large amount of soft stool (not always pencil I'm glad to say and sometimes darker patches but you have rea-assured me on those scores) and then OK for rest of day. However, I have recently noticed that for the first couple of hours of the morning I feel really weak and wambly. Heart pounds, legs wobble and even normal breathing is hard. Can this be related to IBS in any way? As the day wears on I feel better and by late afternoon am able to do a brisk 2 mile walk round my sheep and back.
Do others have similar experiences? I have put in a request for a blood test at GP but no reply as yet.
Many thanks.

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   Posted 11/6/2007 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Easta

If you are for the most part feeling nervous about mornings and what lies in store upon waking with your Ibs, this could well be a bit of anxiety you are experiencing that settles gradually as you yourself do, into the day.

I am prone to similar experiences myself which seem to generate around my Ibs and movements ... wobbliness, breathlessness, restlessness and irritability. I suffer from chronic anxiety anyway but where the down below matters are concerned ... nothing puts me more on edge. When all is in good working order or settled down .. so is the rest of me.


Tizz :-)

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   Posted 11/6/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Tizz is right that in anticipating a bowel problem, you may be giving yourself something akin to a panic attack.

Also, we have discovered on here that sudden bowel movements (of the explosive variety) can really put your body out of whack. Current theories are sudden loss of water/salt/electrolytes (in the case of D), or some sort of nerve (vagus?) over-stimulation. As far as I know, no one has discovered a way to prevent these; more of a "ride it out" sort of thing, followed by gatorade or similar if you've had a very watery stool.

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   Posted 11/6/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Easta,

Just wanted to say that I sometimes have that "wobbly" feeling after a big movement. I tend to feel shaky, weak and just generally "out of sorts." I've always attributed it to the fact that the huge urge to go gives me something like an adrenaline rush, and when it's over it takes a while for my systems to return to normal. Also feeling physically drained makes sense to me because you literally did just drain things from your body.

Keriamon's advice about drinking gatorade is a good one, I try to drink lots of water also. It's important to replenish your fluids, especially if you've had a large amount of loose stool. I also find that eating something afterward is important -- toast works well for me because it's light and absorbed easily. Eating helps me get rid of that empty, weak, shaky feeling.

As for the heart pounding and the hard time breathing -- it may be that you are experiencing a little bit of anxiety about your physical symptoms. Since these diminish over the course of the day I would say you should not worry about them...when they happen try to relax and take deep breaths and take your mind off of that morning's BM...see if that helps any.

I hope it does! IBS sure stinks sometimes! (pun intended tongue) Most of the time I can get through it but I do have those especially rough D days when I feel so worn out I stay in bed all day.

Good luck, hope you get some relief soon!

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   Posted 11/7/2007 2:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for that. Am having bloods next week at GP for anaemia and hormone levels so maybe they will reveal more. You feel frustrated being at the mercy of your weaknesses when all you want to do is get on and enjoy new projects!!
Good luck to all.
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