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Re: Waking up at night IBS?

Re: Waking up at night IBS?

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Posted by KATHY on December 01, 2000 at 09:46:59:

In Reply to: Re: Waking up at night IBS? posted by Ann S on November 23, 2000 at 08:00:14:

: : I have all the classic symptoms of IBS. It started in my late teens and has continued to the present. I am now 40. It was becoming more frequent until about 5 years ago when my mother passed away and I noticed blood in my stool. I decided it was time to see a doctor. He did a quick examination and said I probably have IBS and that I should increase my fiber drink lots of water and exercise. Since then I have done that and it has reduced it considerably. I only had the blood that one time and I understand that a family member passing away can cause a lot of stress so I think that was an extreme situation.But I've always wondered if I might have Diverticulosis. I read in a web site that if you are awakened by cramps it's probably not IBS. Thats usually how I suffer from it. It use to affect me 2 or 3 times a month when I had a very high fat diet. Now I get attacks about once every 1 or 2 months, usually after a greasy meal with milk products and if I havent had any fiber or lactase. Anyway, when the attacks happen, it usually goes like this: I wake up 3 or 4 am with cramps and stand around for a half hour until I can have a regular bowel movement and I feel a little better. Then the pain comes back and I have another movement thats mor watery. Then the pain comes back again and I have very watery movement and a great feeling of relief and I'm finally able to go back to sleep an hour to 2 hours after it all started. The next day I feel fine except for being a little tired from losing sleep. I've been doing this over 20 years and I'm generally in good health.

: : 1. Have you heard of other people with this late night ritual?

: : 2. Is it possible for IBS to wake you up?

: : 3. I've heard that if it wakes you up it may not be IBS. Does this sound like anything other than IBS?

: : Thanks for any help you can give me.

: Mike,

: I've had IBS for about 30 yrs. and about 3yrs. ago I started waking up around 4a.m. on occasion because of IBS. Mostly mine was severe gas & I'd have to run to the bathroom to pass it or I would have an accident. (sorry to be so graphic, but...) Sometimes it would get better after that, but often I would feel sick for several hrs. I don't remember a lot of cramping, but then I'm sure it would have been if I hadn't been able to release the gas. I think I've been through most of the tests to rule out anything else, so I'm pretty confident that it is just IBS for me. Since I was placed on a low dose of antidepressant, I've only had the night problem once in about 2 yrs. (It hasn't cleared all my other symptoms tho.) Hope this helps, Ann S.

I too suffer from the nighttime problems associated with IBS. I even had a doctor tell me once that it was unusual to be woken up at night by IBS, but I know that not to be true. I have had IBS since my teens (though I was only recently diagnosed) and waking up in the middle of the night with cramps and the need to relieve myself has always been a part of this. This usually only happens if I had eaten something the day before that I shouldn't have (i.e. chocolate or greasy foods). Just thought I would let you know you are definitely not alone and this does sound like IBS.


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