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Can IC and/or PFD actually cause IBS?

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  • Can IC and/or PFD actually cause IBS?

    I haven't had IBS in 20 years but all of a sudden - its coming back with the constipation, cramps and loose bm's. Ugh!!

  • #2
    I developed constipation along with the IC. After physical therapy (pelvic floor, back, hips), it's much better managed...

    Any dietary changes recently? Activity changes?

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    Current treatments:
    -IC diet
    -Elavil 50mg at night
    -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
    -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
    -Pyridium if needed,
    -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
    -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
    -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
    -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
    -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
    -Managing stress= VERY important!
    -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!


    • #3
      I was diagnosed first with IBS....

      I have this in my signature, but I was diagnosed with IBS. It's subsided quite a bit over the years, but particularly when I get stressed out over something, I'll have an episode. I don't necessarily know if IC acts the same due to stress too.

      Diagnosed with IBS in 2001 after colonoscopy
      Undiagnosed IC
      Symptoms started 04/06 and have been off and on
      Diagnosed with frequent UTI's, but still trying to figure out if that's accurate.

      Current medications:

      Urised, 2 tablets four times a day as needed
      Effexor, 75 mg a day
      Ambien, 12.5 mg at night as needed
      Multi-vitamin as a daily supplement


      • #4
        Many people that have IC also have IBS...I don't know that IC causes it, per se, but they can go hand-in-hand. PFD CAN cause IBS-like symptoms such as the cramping and constipation. This is due to the muscles of the pelvic floor not working properly prior to and during a BM.
        Hope you feel better soon!


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        • #5
          yes I think it can. they seem to be connected in some way or other

          take care
          Started with symptoms 2004 after a severe infection.
          Was diagnosed with IC Feb 2006 after cystoscopy.
          Diagnosed with vulvodyina and PN in july 2006.
          Dignosed with ME and IBS Oct 2006.
          Currently taking Amytriptaline 50mg, regular pain killers and birth control!
          Also doing IC diet and regular use of heat packs.
          Still struggling with IC and controling my symptoms so looking for some help

          also recently had abnormal pap, CIN III and just had LEEP done 2007