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Ibs-d attack

Hello everyone,

I have suffered with ibs-d for nearly 15 years. I’m 34 mum of two and it’s ruining my life! I suffer with anxiety also and not sure what is causing what!! I can’t enjoy anything or plan for anything. Most days I wake up full of wind (excessive amounts) cramping, feel a constant need to go. On bad days it’s brutal.. I have a normal bm, then 20 minutes later the fun begins!! I literally can’t get off the toilet. I have learned that I completely relax my body I can usually clear it.. it’s like waves of cramps/ contractions followed by loose stools and this usually goes on for about 20-30 minutes. I get the shakes, light headed and weak through out.

This happened this morning.. I had taken a Buscopan and then followed up with immodium. Does this happen to anyone else? Am I right in thinking this would be an ibs attack?

Have a full day ahead of me and all I want to do is go back to the bed 🙈 excuse my pity party.: any suggestions would be great xx

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It does sound like IBS d, however it would be a good idea to see a gastroenterologist to make sure. They usually then suggest probiotics and the Fodmap diet, and also for difficult days,Immodium. Hope this helps.

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I be the same I take two peppermint tablets with cup of water then eat breakfast drink a lot of water all day half a hour after I ear I take two charcoal tablets and I do that with every meal sometimes i I just take extra peppermint if I feel bad but it's drinking the water really helps you sometimes still have some wind but nothing as bad I hope I have helped you

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This sounds similar to my experience when it's bad. I get woken between 4-5am with painful wind then I go to the loo. I get jittery, sometimes prickly heat up my back, sometimes heart palpitations and the worst for me is the nausea. I the kinda do what you do and try to 'clear' it so I stay on the loo for a good half hour there's usually a couple of bm in that time. If it's bad I'll probably be like this a couple of hours but at the mo (touch wood) I'm just going the once and the other symptoms have subsided so I'm going through a good patch.

I have two kids also, mine are little, 11 months and nearly 3 yrs and I find the stress of them is my biggest trigger. Not sure if yours are/have been before but I find this really difficult as it's something I can't control. I'm trying to control how I react to the stresses of motherhood and I'm getting better.

Definitely see you dr for a referral especially if you've never been diagnosed or seen about this problem. My gp hasn't been a great help yet but I'm hoping for a referral to a gastroenterologist next time I go.

All the best.

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I have had similar on and off for months walking the floor with bloating and wind in morning on and off toilet. An obstetrician put me on mebeverine tab a month ago and they have helped so much but diet is still restricted. Gp has no answers have you seen gastroenterologist yet. Mine told me there is nothing wrong.

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Hi, I have had "ibs" for over 25 years. Like you I developed anxiety as how many years can you go with sudden rushing to the loo without it having an effect on you mentally? I've also had "ME" for the same length of time. Except in both cases I haven't had either of those things at all. Last year I was finally diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis which is what my "ME" was all along. I was put on naproxen for the inflammation so also had to take omeprazole to protect my stomach. My "ibs" symptoms stopped overnight. I looked back over the pitifully few tests I'd had done and realised I'd only ever had a sigmoidoscopy. Research has made me pretty sure that my issue has been excess acid which could have been dealt with by taking one pill a day. However at my next rheumy appt I will be discussing this at length as having AS makes me much more likely to have inflammatory bowel disease and if course I've never been properly checked for anything of the sort. So, my advice is to push for referral. My GP was in hindsight far too quick to push the ibs label on me and I had years of repeated CBT sessions and antidepressants which naturally never worked! Good luck - I know it's tough with 2 kids as I have 2 as well and they've had years of cancelled plans and sudden trips into public toilets with me that weren't very pleasant!

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Sounds awful! Are there any trigger foods? I have IBS-d and stick to a low FODMAP, gluten free diet. Recently I found I had threadworms so I am on a parasite cleanse using natural products wormwood oil, caprylic acid capsules and oregano oil. I’m having a lot of success on it, reduced bloating, cramps and trapped wind. I have 1-2 BM a day now, probably clearing the critters! The biggest change in my diet has been reducing sugar, as this feeds the bad gut bacteria (incl. worms for me!) and candida. Do you have any other symptoms... allergies, skin rashes, itchy bum?

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I'm 43 exact same as you had to

Leave a full time job as can never say when I will get an attack flare up it gets worse too I'm still out patient after 6 years fed up depressed and anxiety I went abroad last year for some reason I could walk more (sunshine different diet) visited doctor once who recommended hot water bottle cost me £65 for the privilege anyway I do use hot water bottle and it works!!! Now I buy deep heat or heat patches but quite dear when you need them 7 days a week amytripiline and codeine is my solution for the spasm and pain but somecdays you are bed bound no matter what you do or take I want a life I want to work any suggestions would be appreciated as my life seems pointless xx

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Have you ever had your gallbladder checked out?

Pregnancy can cause problems there.

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Hi yes they thought initially it was gallstones but nothing there I'm going for a endoscopy and colonoscopy again three years ago was last time I had this done they found polyps but wasn't cancerous and was removed straight away I simply feel 80 years old. Like today waking up to my stomach making weird noises and very loud too it's embarrassing for me as I lost my partner of 15 years just three years ago aged 40 have no boyfriend now and think to myself how could I e er have a boyfriend again with the troubles I have like toilet noises , anxiety about going out in public transport just in case of accident or just plainly anxious 😩 my belly swells to look 7 months pregnant at times and my wind issues are the loudest I've e er heard and it has to come out every day morning and evening before I get in bed and boy it's loud! Never smells but the noise is like s brass horn (honestly) how can I ever meet someone with all this going on ? Fed up and lonely

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Hi, You are not alone with the socializing problem.

Running water or coughing can help with the toilet noises. ;)

Is your stomach or your gut making the noises?

As far as I know the gas problems are mostly caused by bugs or indigestion.

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I feel for you x I’ve been single longer than you not all because of symptoms but certainly now because of it

Who is going to put up with an anxious I’ll person who dosnt like to risk going certain places

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