Recently I posted about having to get up during the night for a BM.
I was surprised at how few replied which worried me a little. I have read various articles which suggest getting up in the night is not a feature/symptom of IBS.
This made me think more about this issue. If this happens to very few IBS sufferers, it would suggest to me that if you eat something in your evening meal, which starts your gut up -grumbling , lots of flatulence, pain and discomfort etc.- but you do not have a BM before going to bed --then you just go to sleep and nothing occurs and no waking up with sore tummy. What happens to the sore tummy , does it just go away because you have gone to bed ? Seems unlikely.
This is when I find relief on occasions comes from waking up with pain and a need to go during the night. Obviously much better if I do get to have a BM prior to going to bed.
The above scenario where nothing happens that night can often occur but sometimes , on some occasions, I wake up with gas pains and have to go for a BM, which then seems to relieve the problem. Certainly the gas pains. Sometimes a bit of nausea the following day and tummy can be a bit delicate.
I have had IBS for 50 years and just a bit worried ,as lately symptoms have changed a little --It used to always occur first thing in the morning, now often more after evening meal. The last checks I had a few years ago , were blood tests and a discussion with a gastro. consultant . I was told that there was no sign of inflammation, no weight loss, or passing blood and not really ill so just IBS . -- Just carry on as you have done for years and I have.
I just wondered if others suffered similar issues ,but only about 2 or 3 replied saying they had experienced similar symptoms , so this issue is still playing on my mind a bit.
I have been going to my Doc. for years with these IBS bowel issues, I think he might explode if I return -yet again , with more issues.
I would really be glad to hear from any others who sometimes ( not every night), have similar issues. Maybe the more I think about this ,the more likely it is to occur .