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IBS-D and periods?!

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I am 18 years old and an IBS-D sufferer. Do any other IBS victims suffer from insane IBS-D when they are on their periods? My periods used to be fine, a little sore, and a little heavy, but I could live with them. Now they are too much to handle. The cramps are insane and so incredibly painful and sore. I have diarrhoea as well whilst I am on my period and I occasionally throw up. I'm an anxious person, so I dread when my period comes! If I didn't have IBS and just suffered from painful periods, I wouldn't mind. It's just that I suffer from stomach cramps and pains every day from my IBS, and now I have to go throw intense, painful period pains. It immobilises me and I just have to stay in one position in bed, clutching to a hot water bottle. (I'm doing this as we speak!)

I was recently on the pill, but noticed that my IBS was getting worse, and more violent. My nausea was becoming ore severe, and my doctor said that the pill could definitely trigger my IBS, so I had to stop it.

My question to the fellow female IBS sufferers is that does anyone else suffer like this? And if so, did you start suffering after you have been diagnosed with IBS? Did your periods become worse? Or how can I make the pain stop. I'm scared to take Immodium incase I then suffer from constipation pains as well as these period pains.

Please, someone help me.

Kind regards,

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Yup that sounds like me. I've been trying multiple treatments for my IBS so far and literally every time my period comes up it totally brings me back to zero in effectiveness of the treatment. I was using a traditional Korean herbal medicine for a while and in 2 weeks time I was feeling amazing - almost back to what I was like before IBS. However, once I got my period at the end of the month the medicine stopped working for me as well as terrible flare ups that week. I try not to use Imodium either but so far it is the only thing that lets me function on the dreaded week :/
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