Abdominal bloating and pelvic pain

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Abdominal bloating and pelvic pain

Postby memily01 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:26 pm

Hello, I’m yet another new person, sorry if I go on,

I developed FM when I was 14, I am now 18, I am in no way being treated for it but have been having lots of additional problems to the general ones I had when I developed it (frequent urination, pain, fatigue ect). It would be great if any of you could help with some of the problems i've been having.

1. When I developed FM my periods got very painful, it was a deep set pelvic pain, different from what I had before, I wasn't every month, but it became more and more regular. I also found that having sex was ridiculously painful in my pelvis, to the point now where I am afraid of being close to my boyfriend because I don't want the pain to come again. I kept complaining to the doctor, they didn't listen, just put my on the pill and said it was nothing to do with my FM, the pill dulls the period pain only and I don't want to be on it, I was referred to the gynaecologist who sent my for an ultrasound, nothing was found that could cause my pain, but they referred me to a urologist because they found a Ureterocele, that they left. When I told my urologist about the pain he said I should be referred back to the gynaecologist, so now I’ve been waiting 5months for an appointment and I wanted to know if anyone has had similar experiences, or advice?

2. I also bloat severely, and irregularly, when its bad I can't stand up properly and will be bloated all day, when its not as bad I’ll just get it in the evening once a day. I been to the doctors for 3 years now about it, my main doctor even had the nerve to tell me ‘most woman get it’ and that basically sums up how they are treating me, until finally they referred me because I started to get blood in my stool however it only happened four times so I’m not too concerned about that. When I went to the hospital he hadn’t read my notes and he decided to send me for a abdominal ultrasound, but if they don't find anything i've been told in advance they will pin it on my IBS. Therefore it will go untreated, again any advice?

-thanks for reading.
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Postby smoky » Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:04 pm

I have had ibs since i was your age; so many years :shock:
however I have NEVER had blood in my stools ; this is a not a symptom I have ever hard of with ibs, unless it is ulcerated and very severe; you really need to get help and not let the docs fob you off; go with someone who has seen your pain etc if possible;
The bloating is symptomatic of IBS
IBS cant be treated but can be alleviated with mebeverine and othe stuff which can help some people
take care
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Postby tortoise24 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:18 pm

hi there
just wanted to mention something about the painfull periods you have been getting, i too have had painfull periods, really bad that i too went too see a gyne and me too nothing wrong also an urologist as a urinate very frequently and have had the joy of suffering renal colic which in my opinion was worse then giving birth to my twins- one of them was breach, then i started getting boils under my arms to the point i couldnt lift up as they were soooo painfull anyway my doctor and i decieded to have the contraceptive implant - which has one somewhat prevented the boils as i hardly get them anymore and secondly no more painfull periods ok there is an odd month i feel slight discomfort but no where near the pain i used to get most months theres no bleed either the implant was the best thing ever for me - oh and from a contraceptive view it doesnt matter if youre taking anti biotics it still works unlike the pill! maybe speak to gp about the implant and give it a go - everyone is different but it really worked for me. take care xx cat xx
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Postby Yarp » Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:31 am

I don't know if your bloating is related to gynae problems or if it's IBS but you could try cutting out/down on your carbohydrate intake.
I was diagnosed with FMS in Nov 08 but had bad bloating and tummy pains for several years. This continued even after my hysterectomy 4 years ago so I know it's the IBS. In Nov 08 I cut out pasta, rice & cereals from my diet. I also stopped eating potatoes & foods high in starch & sugars after reading Dr Paul St Armand's book (US FMS Specialist) because he explains quite simply the problems FMS sufferers have with Hypoglycaemia & Carbohydrate intolerance. I had a pain & bloating free month when I cut these foods out, it was great!! I could even get into my favourite jeans & trousers easily because my pelvic area & abdomen seemed smaller.
I didn't cope so well when I went back to work because my pre-planning & organisational skills have suffered due to the FMS so I've eaten bad things. Last week my Mum took me out for a birthday lunch & I couldn't resist the bowl of gorgeous chips! My IBS hurt me for days & it's taken me nearly a week to get to my normal lesser level of pain. I now realise that I'm intolerant to potatoes. It's just a process of elimination.
Hope this is of some help to you.:-)
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Postby gillshutt » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:13 am

Hi and welcome to the forum ((xx) A lot of us have painful periods with FM.. the FM makes normal period pains twice as bad :( so yes it is down to FM I'm afraid. As is the pain in your pelvic area however it should be checked out by your gp as it may be something else.

The blood in your stools could be down to IBS if you get constipated or the runs a lot then the lining of your bowel could be irritated but again it may be something else so glad you are getting it checked.

It sounds to me as though your gp isn't too good if you aren't getting any help. Perhaps you could see someone else in the practice or change to a different practice in your area ((xx))

Gill x
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Postby freckles » Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:40 pm

hi there ibs is unfortunately another on e of those things us fibromites put up with, but your symptons sound just like mine i have the added pleasure of colic (ithought only horses and babies got it) i have to say even after 3 births this pain is the worst i have ever had.I have found i can ease this with laying off bread and using fybogel sachets,
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