I have alot of the same symptoms that I have been reading about in IBS sufferers. However, I have an additional problem that I have not found any reference to. I sometimes have air (gassy/or normal) escape through my vagina. It of course makes a very weird noise...and happens at the most inopportune times! Anyway, I am in the process of finding out if I do have IBS...or if this "air" is caused by something else. Thanks very much for your responses and advice!
Tori,I thought I'd post so that you know flux might be right. I had a recto-vaginal fistula after the birth of my son. My OB-GYN repaired it 10 years later and everything is wonderful now. It might be something to think about. Talk to your GYN. He/she will be able to find it with a routine internal exam. Good luck and don't wait as long as I did. It is a simple surgery. Good luck, Tori.
Cheryl,Thank you so much!! After I had my son 7 years ago, the doctor said I had a fistula (same kind). Well, I tried doing research and did not find much information on it. The doctor gave me different ways to remedy the situation without surgery. I finally gave up. It is so nice to talk to a real person who has gone through the same thing. I have an appointment next week for a GYN doctor to check it out. If you don't mind, can you give me some sort of idea on how they fixed it? Do you think it added to or brought on IBS? I appreciate any information![This message has been edited by Tori (edited 04-08-99).]
Hi Tori,It really was an easy surgery. They locate the hole and if the tissue surrounding it is not too damaged, they just sew it closed. In my case, my GYN removed some tissue and he closed the holes. I found out there were 3. He used dissolving sutures and that way, I never passed any stitches. I can't lie and say it didn't hurt. It did. I stayed in the hospital for 2 days with packing up inside and a cath to drain urine and when the packing came out...what a relief. But let me tell you the best part...no SEX for 3 months. I enjoyed the vacation...
Really, you will be too sore for that anyway. After your 3 month vacation, you will feel like a new woman, so watch out! The IBS was harder to manage because with the holes it could leak from both places. Good luck, Tori. My prayers are with you. Let me know how you are doing.
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