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Unread 11-17-2005, 10:27 PM
IBS after hyst?

You know, to be honest, I'm not really sure. When I researched IBS, I was also researching lactose intolerance and I can't remember if IBS had the vomiting or not.
It may be that you have two different problems going on instead of just one also. I remember my cysts and I did have plenty of nausea and sure wished I could vomit if it would make me feel better.
Technically, in order to be diagnosed IBS, alot of other things must be ruled out first. There are so many other things that cause diahrrea/constipation/bloating. But yes, they are typical symptoms of IBS too. I know that it can seem frustrating. Trust me, I'm there too. But hang in there. Work with your doc and you'll soon feel better.
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Unread 11-18-2005, 01:39 AM
IBS after hyst?

Like Devon, you could have written my symptoms from
last spring. Lower left sided pain--Scan showed nothing.
After listening to a doc on the radio, I tried taking
betaine hydrochloride (HCL) It worked quickly and effectively. I've hardly had an episode of pain/gas/or
feeling of swelling since. It's cheap, also an aid for
gastrointestinal reflux. Hope this helps.
Unread 11-18-2005, 02:26 AM
IBS after hyst?

Hi Shashi
From one chocaholic to another!
For along time with the endometriosis, I couldn't eat. I vomited most of the time. I had a - wait for it - CHOCOLATE cyst removed from my bowel in Feb 03. I think it was the irratation to the bowel that caused the vomiting. My gyn used to be surprised when I told him about the vomiting, I can remember that. I am having a lot of trouble with IBS symptoms now but thankfully the vomiting is not like it was, although I sometimes feel as though I am going to. I can't remember the last time I ate a meal and enjoyed it Like you, my pain is right sided. I was diagnosed through a lap in June to show that my bowel was attached to abdominal wall, on both sides! He said the left was the worst but to be honest, there isn't much pain on the left!
Stick at it with the docs, I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Take care
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Unread 11-18-2005, 10:41 AM
IBS after hyst?

I won't say LOLOL to the chocolate cyst to a chocolate lover....just ironic, you know? My GI doc told me that nausea and vomiting can be a sign of obstruction or narrowing in the colon or bowel, and is not to be taken lightly. I've had some of those symptoms myself.

Don't know if you've had a scope to rule out obstructions, but if you have a cyst mixed in with your digestive system it would stand to reason that it might contribute to your tummy troubles.

Drives me nuts....you can go to ten different docs and get differing opinions. I say just tell me what is up so that they can fix it. BTW, my GYN (but you all probably know this) is that small adhesions or endo can cause a lot of pain, while some women can have a lot and feel fine.

Good luck and God bless Auntie Sue, I'll be praying that it all goes well for you...
Unread 11-18-2005, 12:31 PM
IBS after hyst?

Hi (((((((Dadrian)))))))
Thanks for your kind words. I did have a colonoscopy last year, before they did lap. I also had a barium follow thru, and all tests were normal. Strange isn't it. Like - you know it isn't!
I think one of the main problems with the docs, is we have to see so many different ones! Wouldn't you think they would just specialise in the whole area! Ah well, onward and upwards so they say. I wish you well too s
Unread 11-19-2005, 12:17 AM
IBS after hyst?

There is an increase in IBS with hysterectomized women because of the hormone changes in our endocrine system if our ovaries are removed (or dysfunction or fail from the hysterectomy). The chemicals the endocrine system produce, (ovaries are one of the key endocrine organs, btw), run everything in our body. Everything. From hair, nails, teeth bones, skin, vision, hearing, taste, touch, kidneys, bowels, bladder, digestion, heart... everything. When the endocrine system is out of balance, IBS is a common symptom. Hysterectomy can (and oophorectomy DOES), throw the endocrine system out of whack.

So yes you could have IBS now, but if your doc thinks it couldn't be related to the hyst.... well, you may want to seek a second opinion. (I think I'd do that anyway, if I were you.)

By the way, I had pain similiar to your description and it turned out to be a surgical clip left in me (one of three). It was 10 years and several MRI's and Ultrasounds later before I went to a large teaching hospital and they said, duh, "let's take an X-Ray." There they were, clear as a picture. If someone had done that simple test before, I wouldn't have ended up with a hysterectomy!

Remember, you could have several things going on at once, (like I did) which can have overlapping symptoms and make it very confusing.

If you go for a second opinion, you might ask them to do a simple X-Ray first.

Best wishes,
Unread 11-19-2005, 07:07 AM
IBS after hyst?

I've sufferred from IBS for most of my life, but was only, officially, diagnosed after my hyst. In my case, the symptoms worsened after the hyst: not only was I dealing with increased bouts of diarrhea, constipation and bloating, I also now have to deal with bowels spasms. The bowel spasms translate into sharp pains in the lower right abs. These pains tend to be cyclic and tend to coincide with the periods of PMS.

When I asked my doctor about this, he explained that it was due to the bowels being disturbed during surgery, as they are very close to the uterus and by them settling in the space vacated by the uterus. This settling can go on for several months.

IBS is one of those conditions that is caracterized by a number of symptoms, usually constipation and/or diarrhea and bloating. Other symptoms can include the bowel spasms, heart burns and vomiting. IBS can be triggerred by stress, certain foods, certain meds and, at least in my case, even seasonal changes!!! Usually, IBS is diagnosed through a process of elimination: when all the tests come back negative, then IBS is suggested as a possibility.

It's important to explore all possibilities as symptoms for different conditions can be similar or the same. And, there's always the possibility that there could be several things going on at the same time.
Unread 11-19-2005, 02:24 PM
IBS after hyst?

I was diagnosed with IBS before my hyst. I had finally gotten to a place where I was comfortable and knew what my triggers were and was doing quite well. After the hyst is another story. However, I don't think my current symptoms are IBS. Convincing a doctor of this was quite frustrating!

IBS is a process of elimination. You should be sure and have your doctor run some tests to be certain that nothing else is going on. Even before the hyst I had CT Scans, MRI's, Ultrasounds, and a colonscopy.

Symptoms of IBS can vary from person to person. Just because someone has constipation doesn't mean that you will. Your symptoms may be diarrhea.

It's not an easy disease to deal with as not much is known about it. I do hope that as time progresses that we will know more and that maybe there will even be a cure.

Unread 11-19-2005, 09:11 PM
IBS after hyst?

Originally Posted by Auntie Sue
Hi (((((((Dadrian)))))))
Thanks for your kind words. I did have a colonoscopy last year, before they did lap. I also had a barium follow thru, and all tests were normal. Strange isn't it. Like - you know it isn't!
I think one of the main problems with the docs, is we have to see so many different ones! Wouldn't you think they would just specialise in the whole area! Ah well, onward and upwards so they say. I wish you well too s
You are so right! I feel like I'm a car that's been in to one too many garages. One doctor thinks this, another thinks that.....yada yada yada. I'm trying to stay calm and one test at a time. Doesn't it make you nuts when they do all the tests and say they don't find anything? Drives me crazy because I KNOW how it feels and they don't.... Oh well, all I can do is let them do their thing and then see what happens at the end. However, I'm starting to get to the end of my rope and those docs better watch out when I do! Luckily I have an understanding GYN who will hopefully go to bat for me.

Biggest hugs to all my "sisters"......I don't know what I'd do without y'all..... blessings to all and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support!!!!
Unread 11-20-2005, 03:24 PM
IBS after hyst?

Go (((((Dadrian))))))))! That's the spirit my girl! Keep at it - there has to be an answer, and one of these docs will come up with the answer somewhere along the line.
The endocrine system sure is complicated. Are sisters in the states and CA referred to endocrine specialists post bso? I have seen gyns, urologists, gastros, even rhuematolgists (sp) and even a muscular skeletol, yet not once, by any of these specialists or my own GP has anyone mentioned hormone imbalance to me. Not one. I think docs here in the UK do not believe this to be significant. Or is the same over that side of Atlantic? I have never had my hormone levels tested (except for thyroid) and no one has ever suggested that I should. We have a nurse at our GP practise who gets assigned several clinical jobs, one of them being an HRT nurse. She gets to monitor ladies taking HRT. Thats as far as our system goes! And yet the more I read about the endocrine system, the more I realise how important it is. How come docs don't realise this? It's staring them in the face!
I'm wondering what/how to get my levels checked.....do I see GP or ask gyn? Here we go again!
Take care all


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