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fblossom
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posted 04-05-1999 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fblossom   Click Here to Email fblossom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just stumbled on this site today too, but think it may turn out to be an invaluable resource--you are all so kind to each other.
I am a 44 y.old woman with a history of polycystic ovary disease and Stein Leventhal probably since teens, but not diagnosed until twenties or early thirties. Since marriage after 35 had regular menses for about six or seven years, ( as my first ob/gyn predicted I would), and was ovulating at the age of 40 or 41 when we explored option of having children. Have not had children or been pregnant since then or taken any meds to try to get pregnant. In the last two and a half years have begun to experience severe cramping or pain, especially at night or early a.m. any time from 1:00 to 6:00 a.m. This pain is often in the lower right quadrant, about five inches below and slighly to the right of my navel, in the general area of my ovaries I suppose. Sometimes it is more in my back and often seems to be disguised as low back pain. It used to come like clockwork around the time I should be ovulating, but got to the point where I felt like there was only about a week out of the month when I didn't have pain. My doctor put me on the pill last fall which seemed to make my symptoms worse for a while, but when I went off of it a completely stopped menses and had hot flashes. Now I'm back on it, but seem to be doing better with symptoms.

The reason I'm going on with all of this is that I always feel that the symptoms I read about with IBS are right on target for me and have had M.D.'s I work with agree. I was diagnosed with reflux six or seven years ago which is managed by Prevacid. I had an upper endoscopy three years ago that confirmed that diagnosis, but found no other problems. I do suffer from gas, but have learned to manage it with diet and lifestyle changes so it's no longer the problem it once was. (Boy do I have some great stories.) My husband used to call me his little "fart-blossom". I drink two-quarts of water a day, but no longer drink anything directly from a bottle etc.

I just can't help but notice that there are times when what seems to be ovarian related pain, is relieved by emptying my bowels and frequently these episodes of nocturnal pain related to my ovulation etc. is followed by gas with symptoms of constipation followed by
urgent loose bowel movements and sometimes D.

Am I totally off base here? Does anyone else have freguent low-back pain and pain in lower right quarter?

I also have a terrible time with traveler's stomach and will be going to Africa in a couple of months. The malaria medicine made me sick last time and I'm already dreading the symptoms. I don't want to have to leave my tent in the middle of the night or have to beach my canoe in hippo and croc infested waters to answer the urgent call of hot coals in my gut. Help!
Thanks for all of your wonderful messages.


JillAnn
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posted 04-05-1999 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello and welcome!!!

I am a 26yr old woman who has been diagnosed with IBS for approx 1 1/2 years but I'm sure I've had some of the symptoms since high school.

I too have a lot of pain in my lower right quadrant. I also have a "sensation" in the right side of my rectum a lot of the time (sorry so graphic) and have a lot of trouble with constipation and occasional diearreah. I thought this may be gynecological in nature after I had a lower GI, a flexible sigmoidoscopy and have been through about 12 million different medicaitons. I had a sonogram last week and pelvic exam, etc. My GYN said nothing on the sonogram led her to believe that I have endometreosis or ovarian cysts. Although she said she'd be willing to do laparoscopy to be sure, she said it was up to me. I don't want unnecessary surgery.. I've had enough stinkin tests!!!!!!! Anyway... I have been taking amitripytlene (Elavil) since Christmas time. Its a very low dose (20mg at night) anti-depressant that is supposed to block the pain to my gut. I also take St.John's wort, and the occasional dicyclomene (Bentyl) an anti-spasmodic I've had limited success with. I just started taking prescription Anaprox too and I think it may be helping a little. Last week I was practically ready to slit my wrists and now I'm doing OK. Not fabulous, but OK....not so down as I was last week.

The reason I"m going on and on.. is it sounds a lot like you have symptoms of IBS but I would talk in specifics!!! with your doctor about IBS. He/she may be able to prescribe a anti-spasmodic to help with the pain or even a low dose anti-depressant. Oh, by the way they are taken for your belly and NOT your head!!! You would have to take a higher dosage for your head.

The right sid pain is not as common as pain on the left, but I've been through all the tests and they can't find anything, so I'm back to where I started....just with some more fun medicaion Good luck and I hope you can go to Africa pain free!!!

Jill

joan G
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posted 04-06-1999 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for joan G     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi fblossom! For D try either regular or advanced Imodium. They work for people with or w/o IBS. My husband uses the advanced and finds it quiets things down better than the regular. Both are good to keep on hand, however. IBS is horrible stuff-prescription meds are okay but know there are OTC and natural remedies to be had that are more effective, its only a matter of finding them. Keep reading this BB, there are lots of good people out there that are eager to share. Best of luck to you!!

Murphey
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posted 04-06-1999 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Murphey   Click Here to Email Murphey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Fart Blossom, LOL that is pretty funny! Your description of pain and syptoms is exactly what I have and they don't know what is wrong with me either. I think and my GYN concurs that I am perimenopausal (I am 42) and that I am going through hormonal fluctuations and maybe have adhesions or endometriosis. I do know that it is worse around the time of my period and when I ovulate. I also am getting frequent headaches, mood swings and heart palpatations along with hot flashes right before my period. Regardless, if you are hormonally challenged or your bowels are irritable they will probably tell you that it is all in your head. I have reflux too. If you find out what is wrong let me know! Take care...Arry Murphey-Frank

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