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Posted 13 September 2000 - 07:20 PM

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still this question of hormones affecting your bowel.Anyone have any answers?


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Posted 13 September 2000 - 07:21 PM

Does for me
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Posted 13 September 2000 - 07:30 PM

But why do my symtoms ease right off during a period and i am able to eat almost anythingI don't understand it!(i've been diagnosed for5 months)

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Posted 13 September 2000 - 07:31 PM

There was a message thread about this last week or the week before in which most women said that their IBS was worse during their periods.For me, I feel better during mine. Go figure?!Fiona

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Posted 13 September 2000 - 07:36 PM

Great I get 5-7 days a month as a real person the rest of the time I have horrible gynological symtoms too.My specialist wants to down regulate my ovaries ie bring on the menopause What do you think?

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Posted 13 September 2000 - 07:44 PM

As a male I cannot speak from personal experience, but there is an interesting connection that has been reported by a number of investigators over the last 18 years between the reporting of non-IBS problems, including gynecological complaints such as painful menses, and IBS. Patients with IBS often complain of other functional disorders like headaches, noncardiac chest pains, lower back pain, painful intercourse (females) or menses, and females often report that the symptoms worsen during menstruation. A certain class of chemical mediators elicited by the immune system called prostaglandins have often been "found" or implicated in many of these conditions, including IBS (prostaglandins found in the stool of IBS patients, for example). This, for example, is why Ibuprofen works better for menstrual pain than Tylenol...inhibits prostaglandins which stimulate uterine contraction. As they increase during menstruation this may account for additional "twitchiness" of the gut.In reflection, there are some physiologic advantages to being male. The downside is I have to run home to babysit now while she gets to go to the mall (in the guise of working...but then why do clothes come in but no money????).Have CFDMNL [This message has been edited by Mike NoLomotil (edited 09-13-2000).]
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Posted 13 September 2000 - 08:03 PM

Thanks for the information,will reaserch it further.Its late in England got to go.

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Posted 13 September 2000 - 08:13 PM

About a week and a half before my period, I get all the symptoms...gas and cramps and bloating, and my bm's can vary from very loose to c...YES i am sure there is a connection. They say that you should be especially careful with diet around the time of your period

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Posted 13 September 2000 - 08:31 PM

Actually, for years before my IBS symptoms started I would have loose stools during my period. Now it's the opposite. I've never suffered from cramps though and still don't (other than the odd twinge).Odd!Fiona

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Posted 13 September 2000 - 08:35 PM

And as I said in the other post... generally my IBS is worse from 4 days before to 2-3 days into my period; from day 3-5 of my period it's the best of the whole month.------------------JennT
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Posted 14 September 2000 - 01:36 AM

Very true Mike. Coming from a person who has had sensitivty to an overproduction of prostagladins. There is also the theory out there that it might not just be or always is the overproduction of prostagladins but also some people again are just more sensitive to their response on the smooth linings of the organs. I guess this could be explained similiar to different people have different pain thresholds. There are many antagonists to protagladins such as ibuprofin, aleve, etc. and there are definite protagonists such as alcohol and certain foods that will actually help to increase the production of prostagladins.They not only will stimulate uterus but also will stimulate the intestines as well.
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Posted 14 September 2000 - 02:36 AM

Helen,don't let them give you any shots or drugs to bring on menapause,i had a shot of Lupron last year that nearly killed me! i'm not kidding,and suffered real bad after it wore off.I am on the same boat,bad menses and painful ovulation,they say maybe endo,maybe not,they just don't know.But please don't let them talk you into a GH drug,bad news,i know first hand.Age???Krissy
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Posted 14 September 2000 - 05:37 AM

in my case, the onset of my period acts sort of like a natural laxative, and this results in the week to follow being the most symptom-free (C-wise) of the month...i'd always attributed this to things rubbing together down there while everything expands and contracts, or whatever it does as far as prostaglandins, i think i just read something on them today--are they they same hormone that stimulates milk production and is the active ingredient in drugs to induce labor?------------------"A good reliable set of bowels is worth more to a man than any quantity of brains."--Henry Wheeler Shaw

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Posted 14 September 2000 - 05:41 AM

I don't know the true hormonal effect. I do know that the contracting of the uterus causes pressure on the bowels which can exacerbate the IBS. Taking some ibuprofen as soon as you know you are going to start can help relieve this. :-)------------------Sarah

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Posted 15 September 2000 - 02:28 PM

I have d and c 7, 3-5 days before my period starts. I also get terrible stomach aches. Normally it will only last for a day or 3.
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Posted 30 October 2000 - 04:44 PM

Yes. It totally affects me.I get bloating and upper back pain a week before and cramping a day before. But, it definitely affects my IBS. I feel so much more bloat. I look 5 months pregnant right before my period and than once I get it...I'm usually fine. I'm IBS-C, and I usually go alot during that time.
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Posted 30 October 2000 - 06:32 PM

My IBS is definitely hormone related. Once a month during ovulation, I get an extreme IBS attack. This include horrible spasms, constipation, not to mention severe pain. The pain is so intense that Percocet does'nt even cut the pain.I am 32 years old, otherwise healthy, and have had extensive gynacological test... no apparent problem there.I've tried taking birth control pills. When I am on them, I have IBS every day- When I don't -the pain is just monthly. [ I used to be worse ,now it's somewhat under control -except for ovulation.]I'm going to try 'the pill' again, I pray I can counter act some of the symptoms with things I've learned on this board. THings like E- bread, olive oil, magnesium etc.Thank you all for the support! I'm looking foward to the release of Zelmac... there is hope on the horizon!

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 06:34 PM

My IBS is definitely hormone related. Once a month, during ovulation, I get an extreme IBS attack. This includes horrible spasms, constipation, not to mention severe pain. The pain is so intense that Percocet does'nt even cut the agony.I am 32 years old, otherwise healthy, and have had extensive gynacological tests... no apparent problem there.I've tried taking birth control pills. When I am on them, I have IBS every day- When I don't -the pain is just monthly. [ I used to be worse ,now it's somewhat under control -except for ovulation.]I'm going to try 'the pill' again, I pray I can counteract some of the symptoms with things I've learned on this board. Things like E- bread, olive oil, magnesium etc.Thank you all for the support! I'm looking foward to the release of Zelmac... there is hope on the horizon!

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Posted 30 October 2000 - 07:13 PM

I take it Shaw had IBS ms. anal-retentive? Interesting quote.
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Posted 30 October 2000 - 07:20 PM

LINESSE:Man thats some bad C. You could take a look at this vegetable-extract supplement for "C" I get from Europe. Its cheap it works if it don't send it back. www.leapallergy.com/therapy.html MNL
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