For the Woman. A question about pms and uc!

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   Posted 3/13/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going through a really bad month with pms and bloating and the uc bm's. Why is this. Why do our bodies do this?
I am so tired and bloated and then my uc starts and I just get
so tired from going the bathroom constantly. I sleep like a bear too my goodness. I slept like 15 hours last night.
Anyone else have these issues at this time of the month?
Thanks for letting me vent
Donna  :-)
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   Posted 3/13/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
We have lots of members who have flares around their periods. I don't get my period but I still see some symptoms around when I should get my period. It has to be something to do w/ the hormone fluctuations at that time.
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   Posted 3/13/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank God for birth control. When I was first diagnosed it was so bad with pms that my doctor put me on ortho lo to regulate my hormones. It definitely worked.
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Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
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   Posted 3/13/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I may have to look into birth control because years of this suffering has got to end. Having to deal with uc alone is enough,
but then the pms on top of it. Its enough to drive me insane

Thanks for emailing on this. :-)
~~ Donna ~~
Diagnosed with UC in 1987 at age 16
Imuran ~ 2 1/2 pills a day,Pentasa 2x4 a day
Lexapro ~ 20 mgs daily for sanity  :-)

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   Posted 3/13/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hormones are linked to IBD as well as IBS, but even women that do not have GI issues can have issued during their periods, some women will experiance looser bowels while others will experiance constipation and some lucky women (like I used to be) will not notice any changes with bowel habits (stools/frequency) at all during their periods.

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   Posted 3/14/2008 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Donna, I was having horrendous monthly flares accompanied by horrendous monthly periods. It seemed to be a neverending vicious cycle. I am 38 and I am way done having kids so my GYN suggested I try the endometrial ablation. Since I had that done, I no longer have monthly flares nor periods. It has been heaven! I may get a slight increase of Uc symptoms when I am supposed to have my periods but nothing like before. So that is one thing to look into if you are done having children or don't want children.
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   Posted 3/14/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have also heard great things about the ablation.  But everyone I know that has had it did not have UC.  My GI doc strongly recommended that I not have the possible side effect is burning part of the colon.  That is the last thing I need!!  I also have horrible pms, heavy cramping and bleeding, irregular periods, and am so irritable.  I tried the mirena IUD.  I did not have a period for 18 months, but spotted the entire time.  I had it removed and then had a month long period.  I just tried going back on the pill in July, and after 4 days quit.  Could not stop crying, and had bad D all the time.  That was the start of the worst flare I have ever had.  I KNOW that my UC is directly related to my hormones matter what my doc says.  I do think it is trial and error and everyone is different.  I am seeing a new gyn in April to talk about bioidentical hormone replacement.  I am 35 and don't think that I should be feeling this bad all the time.  In addition, I have recently started to get nauseus every night at the same time (like morning sickness), but it only comes the first 2 weeks of my cycle.  Hormones suck!!
diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997.
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal
rowasa enema nightly
35 years old, white, female

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   Posted 3/15/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Huh....I always associated the additional poops with that "push" from cramps to get everything down there out. Even before I was diagnosed with UC, I always had to poop more when my little red haired cousin came to visit.

When I was diagnosed with UC, I thought my cramps were getting worse. But I think now I am just more sensitive to what is going on down there.

I am a big fan of heat when I have any sort of pain down there. Whether it be UC or period pain. If I'm not soaking in a hot tub, then I am wandering around the house with a heating pad shoved in my pants with an extra long extension cord. For me heat seems to really ease the pain and for some reason, it also helps with the poops. Maybe it relaxes all the muscles down below...who knows, all I know is that the heat does help!
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Lialda 4 pills once a day, Canasa supps as needed
Supplements: vitamins, probiotics
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis
No flares since Jan, 2007

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   Posted 3/15/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it's very depressing that our hormones are related to how our IBD behaves, this is common for IBSers as well. For yrs I never had noticable problems during my periods with my IBD but for the last 6 I have and it really sucks because as you all know, that time of the month can already be tough enough to deal with let alone when it starts affecting our IBD symptoms.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 3/16/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
OH My!
A day before my period I get so sick, sweats, sucks.

My next gyno appointment I am going to have my hormone levels checked.

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