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Cramps and Diarrhea Ever Wake You Up from Sleep?


VincentC
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Hi, all. I've noticed that once in a while when I am very stressed, cramps and diarrhea will wake me up from sleeping. Does this ever happen to you? How do you deal with it?


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Jeffrey Roberts

Waking up to have diarrhea is not usually a symptom of IBS. Have you ever been examined for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis)?

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I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago with ibs-d. In the last 3 mos I've been waking up most nights about 2 am with cramps and diarrhea. I don't pass any blood. I lost my appetite a year and a half ago- I weighed 554 lbs at first and have lost over 220 lbs the last 14 mos. It's good to lose weight, but this wasn't how I planned to! I am in a hospital bed due to severe arthritis and fibromyalgia, and I cannot bear weight at all and cannot stand. I have a power wheelchair I get into and out of by sliding. My primary md is one who makes house calls, who diagnosed me. For some reason I can't get a referral to a specialist. Because of my physical disabilities we haven't haven't been able to set up a colonoscopy. My mom has UC and my sister has IBS.

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I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago with ibs-d. In the last 3 mos I've been waking up most nights about 2 am with cramps and diarrhea. I don't pass any blood. I lost my appetite a year and a half ago- I weighed 554 lbs at first and have lost over 220 lbs the last 14 mos. It's good to lose weight, but this wasn't how I planned to! I am in a hospital bed due to severe arthritis and fibromyalgia, and I cannot bear weight at all and cannot stand. I have a power wheelchair I get into and out of by sliding. My primary md is one who makes house calls, who diagnosed me. For some reason I can't get a referral to a specialist. Because of my physical disabilities we haven't haven't been able to set up a colonoscopy. My mom has UC and my sister has IBS.

I used to have a similar issue. I think it’s something about our body calming as we sleep. I usually try to go before bed even if I don’t have to. Funny though I haven’t had the issue in over 6 months.

I would try to make sure you aren’t eating past 7 for one.

I’ve started to have more issues since I lost weight too so I definitely think it could be tied to your weight loss. I would keep trying to see the specialist


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I've been diagnosed with IBS-D (after many tests) and I too have nighttime symptoms.  The "textbooks" say that people with IBS don't usually have nighttime symptoms but I would bet that MANY people who suffer with IBS DO have nighttime symptoms.

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I have definitely had flare ups that have started at 10pm! About 4 hours after dinner. But usually waking up with it in the dark in the middle of the night...not really no.

I did once have a flare which started at 2am, but that was before I went to bed. I was just getting ready for bed when it started. Of course, that was my night's sleep gone.

 There have been a few times when gut discomfort has disturbed my sleep a little earlier in the morning, so instead of getting a full sleep I have only had 5-6 hours. And during very very bad flares which have gone on all evening (there have been a handful of those) I have eventually fallen asleep exhausted at 4 am or something and woken at 7.30 desperate for the toilet yet again.

I hate those things, but I just soldier on with it, and endure, and it passes in a day or two. It can make me shaky and a bit cold after, so I will come downstairs, get a warm drink and light a fire to keep warm, and play my favourite music on the radio to try to cheer up a bit.

What can and does definitely wake me from sleep on the odd occasion is proctalgia fugax, which is a very nasty pain in the butt! It doesn't last long, usually less than 20 minutes, but it is bad enough to wake me. I just lie there wriggling around waiting for it to go then I sleep again. But that can happen any time of day or night, when I am busy or when I am resting.

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