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IBS after hyst? IBS after hyst?

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Unread 09-28-2005, 08:49 AM
IBS after hyst?

My doc is trying to convince me that I now have IBS and that is what's causing the pain in my lower left pelvic area. I might add, the same area and the same type of pain as the endo caused. I keep trying to tell him that I'd never had bowel trouble before the hyst and that I don't have symptoms of IBS. I'm about ready to search out another doctor.
Has anyone else been told they've developed IBS?
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Unread 09-28-2005, 03:55 PM
IBS after hyst?

IBS generally has symptoms of constipation or diarhea, running from one extreme to the other. Bloating, swelling and pain. Why is your doctor telling you it's IBS? Has he done any testing to rule out other possibilities?

IBS is a very common disorder. IMHO it's generally diagnosed when testing proves inconclusive for other digestive disorders. It is a very real disorder and causes lots of pain and problems for many.

If you don't trust this diagnosis, I would seek another opinion.
Unread 09-28-2005, 05:34 PM
IBS after hyst?

The only test we have done is a barium enima. That test came back as nothing being wrong. This all started because I'd have a great deal of pain when "stuff" would hit a certain spot in my bowels. It almost felt like things would get "stuck" for a while. As soon as it passed, I felt fine. I don't alternate between constipation and diarhea or have either very often. I do get plenty of gas though. The gas is the most painful. I feel bloated, but I'm not physically bloated. It causes so much pain in my lower left abdomen that I can barely stand.
Truely, it might be something like an overgrowth of yeast that causes the gas. It's the pain I'm worried about though. It never goes away anymore. I used to be able to have a bm and the pain would ease up. Now, I'm lucky if I don't just hurt worse. I've gone home early a few times from work because I could barely walk from the pain. I'm back on pain meds just so I can get through work. I don't think that's normal for IBS.
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Unread 09-29-2005, 01:03 PM
IBS after hyst?

Wow, I am so sorry you are feeling like this. I had constipatio issues right after my hyst, then I ended up with a impaction. The gastro. did a colonoscopy and egd, because of the constipation and the abdominal thumping and gurgling I had been complaining about. After he found nothing wrong with my colon he labeled me with IBS. I took Zelnorm and it made me hurt worst. Come to find out I was dealing with GB disease and should never been on Zelnorm. I have continued the symptoms and my uro/gyn told me yesterday He thinks I have been having bladder spasms all along causing the gurgling and thumping. I just knew it wasn't IBS. I have read where alot of dr's label people as IBS when the tests show nothing wrong inside of our colons. They ought to b e fired!
I would go to another dr. for sure.You know what you are feeling and deserve the appropriate treatment.
Unread 09-29-2005, 01:18 PM
IBS after hyst?

Yea, my doc put me on Zelnorm too. Now it seems to hurt on both sides of my abdomen. The pain is not worse yet, so we'll see. I've decided to go ahead and try it to see if he's actually right. If not, then I'll go to my gyno and see what he says. He knows more about endo and adhesions and such than my GP. My GP admitted that he doesn't know that much about endo or how it grows. At least he can admit it! lol
Unread 09-29-2005, 04:38 PM
IBS after hyst?

This is just my humble opinion, BUT I think doctors say they think it is IBS when they really KNOW it could be other things. I think IBS is a Dr. Copout because pelvic pain is sometimes very hard for them to scientifically diagnose. It could be any number of things. This really ticks me off to tell you the truth! I was also told I had IBS. I was 49 years old when I had my hyst and had NEVER had ANY bowel problems at all. I had pelvic pain after the hyst and my gyn who did my surgery did not want to deal with that. IBS my foot! IBS is very real, but let's not cop out and say that everyone who has pelvic pain has IBS for crying out loud!!! I am now 54, and let me tell you, I know my body pretty darn well having lived in it this long thank you very much. You can look at my signature and see why I had pelvic pain...that doesn't mean that is what your pelvic pain is caused from. When they say IBS to me it is an insult to my intelligence!

Unread 09-29-2005, 05:41 PM
IBS after hyst?

I have IBS and have had most of my life: I remember dealing with such painful constipation, bloating and tummy pains when I was in grade school It was only diagnosed after my hyst, when the pains and symptoms increased, but have known all my life that this wasn't normal.

I agree that the IBS diagnosis seems to be an easy out when doctors can't figure the real cause of the symptom... and that's a shame, because it confuses the issues and probably means that treating true IBS is hard since there are so many out there with the wrong diagnosis

I've been told that my IBS symptoms have gotten worse since my hyst because the bowels were disrupted during surgery, due to the proximity of the uterus and because the bowels settle into the space vacated by the uterus. For those of us with "sensitive" bowels, this is enough to make matters worse. This may also explain why some women get a new IBS diagnosis after a hyst However, it doesn't mean that every time a woman has unexplained pelvic pain after their has IBS!!

I think that if you can get a referral to a new doctor it may be the best option for you. Sounds like you need a doctor who will strive to find answers and run more than one test.

Please, do keep us posted.
Unread 09-30-2005, 08:08 AM
IBS after hyst?


I was also told I had IBS after my hysterectomy of Sept. 2004 since I have been having left sided pelvic pain and bloating, tenderness etc... and I never had bowel issues before the surgery... My surgery was TVH and kept ovaries, and I initially had alot of intestinal rumblings diarrhea and nausea, that has settled down, but I still have left sided pelvic pain. I have undergone a CT scan, plus 2 MRI's and numberous bloodwork, everything normal... next I will undergo an colonoscopy, and I have made an appt. with a pelvic specialist in the area. I am not convinced it is IBS and I feel something is tugging, pulling and putting pressure on the left side. Maybe it is adhesions,... but I really don't think it is IBS.

Take care
Unread 09-30-2005, 11:27 AM
IBS after hyst?

Gosh, I was also told I had IBS by my family doc! I was at the time undergoing tests on my bladder from a uro, who then referred me for a barium follow thru and then a colonoscopy, nothing wrong in there either. Yet since the tah/bso I have also had the same "endo type of pain" only in my right side. I had a lap a couple of months ago and new gyn said that my large bowel was attached to my abdominal wall on the right and that my small bowel was attached to the left (and this side was much worse - strange with all the pain in the right!) I have also suffered (and still suffer from) nasty IBS type symptoms, bloated tummy, horrible long burps, bubbly noisy tummy etc. I was prescribed colofac, an anti spasmodic, which had no affect on the symptoms.
The strangest thing about it all, is the "endo pain" is still there, even after all those investigations and lots of surgery, I am left with the same crippling pain.
IBS symptoms seem to be a common ailment after abdominal surgery, like Dany said, everything gets moved about and has to find a new "home".
I think it pays to remember that doctors are only human beings and they can and do make mistakes. It's a good idea to seek out a second opinion, and even a third or fourth until you find a solution. Doctors who really want to cure and help their patients seem so few and far between, I get the feeling they just want to get thru their working day with as little "hassle" as possible! But just keep looking until you find one. It's your body and it's time it had a break from all this right? I wish you good luck and am sending you lots of
let us know how you get on
hugs to all

Unread 11-08-2005, 06:29 AM
IBS after hyst?

Well, I tried the Zelnorm, just to see how it worked. I was ok. It kept the stools softer and easier to pass. There was even a bit of pain relief. However, I did some of my own research into IBS. I found that there are certain trigger foods, so I cut them all out for a while with no real results. Then, one day I drank a big glass of milk before going back to work. after a couple of hours the resulting pain and nausea was enough to send me home. I never did develop vomiting or diahrea associated with lactose intolerance though. Since that day, I have avoided all dairy which gives me some relief from the pain. I have also found that corn and beans make it pretty bad too. Though not as bad as dairy. Armed with this info, I'm going back to my GP on Thursday to show him what I've found out. As for the normal trigger foods for IBS (chocolate, coffee, tea, ect.), I can have all those just fine without any troubles. I'm still in moderate pain and occasionally still take the pain pills, especially when I accidentally get ahold of some dairy. Do you realize how many foods and meds contain dairy?! But I have found that soy and tofu are excellent substitutes for cheeses and milks. My WalMart is working with me to see about getting a larger variety of non dairy substitutes so I'll have a larger selection to choose from when shopping. They are being very helpful about all of it. And oh, how I miss ice cream! lol
Most days now, I can handle the pain easily, but truthfully, I want to be pain free if that is at all possible. At least, that is the goal towards which I am working.

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