Not trying to butt in, start a controversy, or take any issue with what any doctor may have said. But unecesaary hysterectomies have been performed because of IBS pain and the comorbidity of IBS pain and dysmennorrhea...and it is also not a bad idea at all to pursue that possibility of endometriosis before consenting to any surgery. It has been a matter of disappointment for some women to have a hysterectomy and find the pain remains afterward. Prostaglandins are one of the common links between the two conditions and one wonders if any experimentation with protocols such as trying to isolate anything in the diet which may be provoking symptoms has been discussed, in light of recent discoveries concerning the abnormal reactions of immunocytes seen in the small bowel and the consequences of those reactions, and even if experimentation with things that are known to interfere with the action or formation of prostaglandins has been tried. One of the earliest cross-links was the findings of elevated levels (for example) of prostalandin E2 in the feces of a large percentage of IBS patients, and PGE2 is one of the PG's found to be elevated in the uterine fluid of women suffering dysmenorrhea. Meds like Ibuprofen help with this pain somehwat as they do interfere in a certain way with this mechanism, as do oral contraceptives (see Krissy's thread today about her Pain That Goes Mobile).This is a tough problem for many women and I do know and understand the desperation which can lead to considering surgery. There may be another means, though, before resorting to that...and indeed endo should be investigated as well...all 3 can be codependent.OK, MAN, butt out now.
Eat well. Think well. Be well.MNL