Muscle spasms after BM?

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   Posted Yesterday 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
HI all,
   I haven't been here in awhile.  I have IBS-D, but it has been well controlled with Calcium.  But lately, right after I have a BM (a normal one), I feel lower abdominal pain that can last for hours.  It almost feels like a uterine cramp, but I'm post menopausal.  Does anyone else get these?

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   Posted Yesterday 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cathy,

I have IBS-D as well, and I get the kind of pain you are talking about. Not every time, but fairly often. I say it feels like menstrual pain but I've always thought maybe I strained a muscle while going to the bathroom or something. It kind of hurts when I try to "stretch it out" or rub my stomach. I don't really have an answer for you as to whether this is normal or what causes it, but I guess I'm letting you know you're not alone. I'm curious to see what others say though.

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   Posted Today 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have these menstrual like cramps as I am writing this!! And I had a hysterectomy at 36 some fifteen years ago! I think the motility problems of IBS cause these cramps but that doesn't help them to be less uncomfortable. Glad others find the same symptom - we can't all be going mad!

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   Posted Today 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
THanks shortnsweet and Easta.

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   Posted 12/14/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Activa is for both and I can tell you it really helped me.

I would go 3 days of no BM and then 3 days of D. It was horrible. My body was not digesting food properly. THe docs said I had IBS/Ibd, and the gave me prescription pills for the pain and cramping I would have every single time I ate. I suffered for almost 2 years. Every meal I ate felt like I was food poisened. could not eat much for food. Everything had to be bland. Like white rice and baked chicken for the last 2 years.

I tryed Activa and the first 3-5 days I did not notice a difference. BM were still loose. I still ate one everyday and now I have been on it for 1 month. I feel like a million bucks!!!! I go the same time everyday now and its normal and there is no pain associated with it. My mood has improved and I am ten times happier then I've ever been. I can finally go out to restaraunt with my boyfriend and eat from the menu without worring. Just only regret I tried this sooner so I would not have to suffer.

And I can eat anything I want now. I might gain alot of weight at this rate. The foods that I would have to avoid before I can now eat with ease....

Like Pizza, ice cream, soda, chocolate, pudding, chips, sandwiches, an occasional beer OMG the list goes on.....

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   Posted 12/15/2007 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
There's a lot of stuff going on, anatomically, in the region and the pelvic floor muscles can sometimes cause problems for people. They call this "pelvic floor dysfunction." Sounds miserable! I'm not sure what can be done about it...
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   Posted 12/15/2007 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I get the same feeling. It is rather miserable. I am 30 so I am still PMSing and let me tell you! During PMS my flares are horrible and I don't know which pain is which. **HUGS** Here's hoping for a good day for you!
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