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    Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    Hi
    My gp diagnosed me with ibs the lazy way (not really any tests). I had bloods done but no endoscopy - just MRI for my fibroids but thatís unrelated.
    Iím having a very bad ibs flare up and Iím on my period - trying to find a connection between the 2 online (basically to calm down) I found that ibs around periods was a symptom of bowel cancer for someone and now Iím having a panic attack. Please talk some sense into me Iím having a really hard time

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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    It's a much more common symptom of Endometriosis, which doctors often don't bother to check for. Find a sympathetic Gynae person and talk to them.
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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    Thank you for replying. I had an MRI of my uterus very recently, so itís not gyne related. Would my bloods have shown anything? I had them done last week. I just donít know if calling the doctor again or just wait till this flare up passes and see if it comes back next month? Iím a proper mess

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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    I have never been diagnosed with IBS, actually I don’t really have issues with that normally. But I always, always, have issues with that around my time of month. I would think that if this isn’t a constant issue, and seems to improve after your cycle, that it really isn’t anything to be concerned about. If it was something like bowel cancer surely you’d have issues constantly, not just a few days out of a month??

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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    Thank you for replying, I really appreciate it as I tend to lose perspective. I have issues on and off which my gp says is ibs, but this time has been very bad. I stupidly read online about this woman who had ibs attacks around her period and then turn out to be the worstÖ Iíve been feeling unwell for so long I just canít be rational anymore :(

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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    I always have issues around my period, right from when I started at 16. I thought it was a common thing!

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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    MrsEd Iím sure it is! And I have to say the older I get the worse the issues are, Iím almost 43 and they are more dreadful every time.
    Iím just extra nervous because my ibs has always been bloating and gas related and now I have been having diarrea and upset stomach for 4 days which is not like me :(

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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    Just discovered I have bruises everyone please help me I canít deal with this

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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    I thought that fibroids caused troublesome periods?


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    Re: Ibs around periods worried about bowel cancer

    They do. Endo doesn't show up on scans. The only way to know for sure if you have it is a laparascopy. The most common symptom is painful periods.
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