Posted 07 December 2007 - 08:35 AM
Hi I can totally relate... it's a most painful combination... Maybe you could ask your dr. for some antispasmodics for the IBS pain part? Some antispas also make people a lil C, so the D may get a lil better -- pain killers with Ibuprofin (sp?) or aspirin as the main ingredient tend to irritate the stomach so they may contribute to more pain IBS-wise. For period pain, have you used a heating pad? Sometimes it works for me to keep warm (and it definitely makes it 100% worse if I don't keep warm) -- like taking a hot shower in the morning and before sleep, and then keep myself warm the whole day, like drinking only warm/hot water, no cold dishes. And when you're at work, maybe you could buy those thermo bags which heats up after shaking and put one around your lower ab? See if you could find the kind that has a outer re-usable bag that can be tied to the waist -- that way you can tie it around you under your pants/skirts so no one would even notice you have this on you.Other than that, if your stomach is ok with ginger and some sugar, making yourself a hot ginger drink with dark brown sugar may also help with blood flow so the cramps may be eased a little. Simply dice the ginger, boil some water, and put the diced ginger and dark brown sugar in a cup and pour the hot water in, stir if necessary. If you can find an Asian/Japanese market in your area, you could also try and see if they have the kind of dark brown sugar that's not half as sweet as what's sold in regular stores and it irritates the stomach much less.Or if they have Reishi (sp?) mushroom in an Asian market or health food store, boiling those and drink the liquid may also ease the pain. (Don't ask me to scientifically prove this, though -- I found this unexpectedly in my experiments to find a cure for my insomnia, LOL)These'll hopefully make you feel more comfortable, it usually does some trick for me although I have yet to find a way to completely prevent more pain and D when having my period.
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