Up During the Night

I have IBS mainly IBS D . I have had it for around 50 years so it is well established and I know most of my triggers etc. 

I have read that having to get up during the night to go to the loo is not a symptom of IBS..  

I have noticed that quite often , if I have gas and a very uncomfortable gut after an evening meal but don't actually manage to have a BM , I sometimes wake up about 3am and have to go to loo.  Usually one powerful emptying, ( sorry but cannot think of a nice description), often going from solid to liquid.  Pain goes away and I get back to sleep and all is okay again.  All this could be a result of a trigger that is new or one that I have not discovered as yet.   Last night it occurred, fine this morning and it might have been alcohol that triggered it .   We had a social evening where I had a couple of Vodka & diet cokes ,plus two glasses of wine with my meal.  The food was a pasta dish that I would not normally have.

Anyway triggers are not my point, I just wanted to know if others have symptoms of really sore pains with gas and result in having to get up during the night to " get rid".    As I said I have had IBS, often mild symptoms compared to many ,but fairly constant throughout the last 50 years.  I have had spells of this night time needing just occasionally and I wondered if this was a problem with others.    I would add that when it occurs I seem to know in advance that it is going to happen because of the feelings of discomfort in my tummy when I go to bed.

Will1234

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  • Hi I can sympathise,  that use to happen to me quite often, as you say, pasta a

    dish you wouldnt normally have, I find foods I dont normally have can cause

    problems. Also I try and not eat too much, very easy if you are enjoying it and

    in company you tend to let yourself go.  I try and watch what I eat, chew well

    but within 30mins of eating I can usually tell if theres a problem. Distended

    stomach that feels sore and bloated, I can sometimes relieve the pain with

    a hot water bottle, so thats worth a try or a 'windeze' can help

    S.

  • Thanks for reply  Shirlygirly.

    Your description sounds similar to the discomfort I get.  It is strange how you know so quickly that something is going to be a problem.  I just wondered why having to get up for the loo during the night was mentioned in some articles as not being an IBS Symptom.

    Will1234

  • This has been happening to me for the psst couple of years.  At least once a month. I have suffered with bad stomach for over 30 years but getting worse while going through menopause.  I also have trigger foods but sometimes when I eat them Iget no pain. All very strange.  

  • Hi hampson,

    Agreed it is very strange.  I also find trigger foods sometimes go down fine with no trouble.    I was trying Turmeric tablets recently and on this occasion I think this has been the culprit, as my wife informs me that I tried Turmeric some time ago with similar results.  I had forgotten.

    Having said all of that ,if it had not been Turmeric , something else could just as easily cause the same problem. 

    Will1234

  • It's all very strange isn't it?  I'm struggling at the moment. 

  • hi hampson,

    Sorry to hear that you are struggling just now.   We all go through bad spells and sometimes worrying about it can make things worse.   Recently I have found Silicol gel quite a help.

    Hope you find something to help and get some respite. Even discussing things with another IBS sufferer can sometimes help.

    Having had the problem for ever I know it is a struggle.

    Best Wishes

    Will1234

  • Hi,

    I very often have this during the night,most of my really bad episodes happen during the night at least once a month,I drop off to sleep then wake up about 1hr later with the symptoms you describe and it goes on for hours,the pain is usually unbearable and if I don't pass stool I start vomiting then it devopes from firm stool to explosive diareah,then I don't know which end to put over toilet first, Ive been like this for 20yrs,I have been diagnosed with IBS and diverticular disease ,most days I have IBS symptoms I have got to the stage I will not go on holidays because its just a nightamare, spent fortune over years on medication but still looking for something that works.Pasta is also a no no for me.

  • Hi cassie17,

    Thanks for your reply.  Your experience is worse than mine , if I wake up with the pains , I always manage to pass stool and yes ,sometimes it can be explosive .   Normally all over fairly quickly , I occasionally feel nausea afterwards but don't have the vomiting. 

    I hope you find something to help, as it sounds horrible and restricting you from things like a holiday.   Lately I have been using a product called Silicol Gel and it has helped a lot --not a cure though.   Having had IBS in varying degrees for about 50 years, I don't think a cure is available.  Sometimes I think it is something I have eaten , then I get stressed and wonder if stress is the culprit or is the stress a result of the IBS attack. 

    Since I retired , I can say the episodes of bad attacks are less but there are some symptoms most mornings or after main meals.  

    Hopefully something will come along that helps.

    cheers

    will1234

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