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Unread 07-30-2009, 01:13 AM
Painful bowel movements on period.

Does anyone else experiance really painful bowel movements during the first couple of days of their period? Sometimes its not so bad for me, but this period has been excruciating, its not heavy but doesnt seem to be stopping either, i was really bloated with alot of water retention. Ive been drinking more water to try and help everything keep moving along.

Just before i have a bowel movement my right side gets sore and my left side aftera while, when i go its so painful i double up and cry on the toilet. i get excruciating period pains, i get thise even if not constipated. I was thought to have ibs, but the dr told me my symtptoms that go along with my bowel movements arent ibs (blood when on my period and cramping on right side).

I used to just get pains on my right, as my periods have gotten worse over the years its moved to my left and now i just hurt alot more and all over. I cry with the pain some days and just wish i could be normal again.

I quite often get constipated a few days before my period and the first couple of days on it when my cramps are at their worst, when the cramps die down a little and i go i seem to go alot more and its looser, is that normal cos i havent been in a couple of days my bodys trying to get rid of all thats in my colon?

I get period cramps in my tailbone the whole time near enough and when im on my peirod the feeling of blood running through my tailbone. teh gynae said that i cud have endo in my cul de sac area, shes hoping that i dont have it in my bowel.

Food doesnt affect my bowel movements or emotions. I could eat the same food all the time and most of the month my bowel movements are the same and tehn near my period i just dont know what they are going to do.

I take a heating pad to the toilet with me to try and relax my muscles, anyone else got any other ideas wot may help me?
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Unread 07-30-2009, 05:02 AM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

I have endo in my intestines but I'm not sure about my bowels. Sometimes it feels that way. I had laproscopic surgery on 7/10 for endo.

So it sounds like endo related bowel problems but of course I'm not a doctor, but you symptoms are similar to mine. I use heat to help with the pain and hot baths with epsome salts. You should probably get some pain meds from your doctors but if the pain is really severe sometimes the pain meds don't work so you have to stay on top of it. I haven't quite figured out what to do about the premenstral bowel issues. I've had those my whole life from day one at 11 1/2 years old. Its no fun!

I do yoga and I probably need to modify my diet but I haven't tried that yet. I wish I had more success to share with the premenstral symptoms but I don't.

Best wishes and hopefully you have a good compassionate doctor!

Take care
Unread 07-30-2009, 07:06 PM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

I had very painful bowel movements, with 1-4 hours of pain leading up to the, for years and years. I also would get some rectal bleeding during my periods with horrible exacerbations of pain (labor breathing, sometimes i was afraid i couldn't control my bowels the pain was so bad). Endo was suspected for years but not definitively diagnosed until 3 weeks ago when i had a TAH/LSO... sure enough - endo everywhere, extensive adhesions, chocolate cysts, nodules in the cul de sac, rectal endo (couldn't get all of it) and bladder endo and the uterus was adhered to the rectum.

What i found is heat helped some, especially for the crampy colicky pain. Any bit of constipation was TORTURE so i have taken stool softer (not laxatives which can cause problems) daily for many years. i also drink plenty of fluids, make sure i get enough fiber and exercise - all of which are needed to keep from getting constipated.

I'm still getting similar pain but it is already better than pre-op (its been only 3 weeks). I am hopeful that much of the current pain is healing from the surgery.

I, too, hope you find a compassionate doctor. I have had a couple of doozies. My current doctor is so kind, understanding and it makes such a difference! She has assured me that if this surgery doesn't resolve my symptoms enough, then we have other options.

Good luck... reading your post is like reading my diary. I hope you find treatment that works soon - it is miserable!

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Unread 08-06-2009, 09:13 PM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

Oh yeah. Your symptoms sound very familiar. Read my new post on the above post about colon involvement/colon resection surgery.

It took years for me to relate my symptoms to my cycle and then more years before a plan was put together. Save yourself some time.

Talk to your PCP and find a good endometriosis specialist in the area. NOT just a regular gyn. A regular gyn will go in and do a lap, cut some adhesions and then within a year you'll be back to where you started.

See the endo specialist and then go from there. I took the long route = colonoscopy, regular gyn and now the endo specialist. I wish I would've listened 2 years ago but I just couldn't believe it and wasn't ready to hear it.

Be prepared that you may have endo on your colon and you may at some point have to have a colonoscopy and surgery.
Unread 08-07-2009, 07:07 AM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

Hello I'm new with not much to add except that I do have painful bowel movements myself and I've had my colon checked out a couple of years ago and it was clear. I've been told after my laps that my colon was fine but still every month my bm's are HORRIBLE.
Unread 08-07-2009, 08:00 AM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

I too used to suffer from painful bowel movements. I just had a TAH/BSO and had 5 inches of my large bowel resected due to endo on July 27.

I found that I really needed to watch what I ate. If I became constipated, it would feel like labor pains when I needed to have a bowel movement even when I did not have my period. During my period, things were much worse and like you said, at that time of month it didn't seem to matter what I was eating, you never knew what my bowels were going to do.

Find a good specialist to look after things. I had a great gyne-oncologist to do the surgery and he was able to do both the hyster and resection. When you have to go through such a major surgery you want to make sure it is done properly the first time. I have read of so many women having surgery and end up back where they started as the doctor did not get everything the first time and then they end up facing more surgery.

Good luck to you!
Unread 08-07-2009, 09:07 AM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

I have had endo for 22 years and every month I would have horrible constipation and/or the runs. I would sit on the toilet, shove my fists into my lower abdomen, have the shakes, and cry while I was trying to go. I finally found that if I increased my fiber intake my BM's were way less painful. I make muffins with ALLBRAN cereal or eat dry Shredded Wheat by the handful. I also workout alot, cardio and pilates. Pilates works your core muscles and helps your abdomenal area be healthier.

I am having my hyst on August 19th so I know I won't be able to work out for 4-6 weeks. I will really miss being able to do that.
Unread 08-10-2009, 10:13 AM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

i have really painful bowel movements as well. but its all the time now. i did notice it only being around my period when my endo was not as bad but now it is all the time.
Unread 08-12-2009, 07:03 AM
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Yet again i thougt this was just me!

i get the same pain all month but worse on my period..i also tear which takes ages to heal, of course this makes me even worse as i tense up and cant go at all then,sometimes for almost 2 excritiating...lately when i have sex or try to poen my bowels i tear badls in the area between the vagina and anus..which is soooo painful that im scared of doing either..i have also noticed that since my last surgery in september 08 when the removed adhesions that my pelvic pain has gone from a level 5/6 - 8/10 on the pain scale, does this mean things are worse??? my gyn has told me either hysterectomy or baby are the only cures...if we could concieve naturally we would have had another couple of kids anyway but we cant (male factor) and i cant afford IVF so its quite mean in my opinion for my gyn to say that..but ii dont want a hysterectomy....i read on here somewhere that hormones can cause vaginal dryness? i was on 2 different ones over the last 4 also stated a cream that can help..does anyone know what it was called as i have had enough..

to OP you can use laxatives that also soften the stools to see if they work but i havent found them to be of any significant benefit, but i know others who find them to work great...

Hope we all get some releif from aour suffering, and as my mum in law says ."ill have holes in my knees praying for us all"

God bless
Unread 08-12-2009, 12:23 PM
Re: Painful bowel movements on period.

Originally Posted by charmedlife View Post
my gyn has told me either hysterectomy or baby are the only cures
I am sorry, but your GYN is wrong. Neither of those will cure endometriosis! The closest thing to a cure is to have a skilled surgeon actually excise the endometriosis. A hysterectomy removes the uterus, it does not remove already implanted endometriosis. Pregnancy increases levels of progesterone which can cause endo to subside for a time, in some women. However, once your progesterone level evens back out, the endo plumps back up.

I would urge you to see another doctor. Try to find an endometriosis specialist whom you can consult!


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