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Menstrual Cramps or Gastrointestinal Disease?

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:46 am
by MatthewKNorton
Perhaps there is no woman in the world who hadn’t experienced lower stomach pain in the days of her menstruation at least once. This pain feels very similar to the bowel pain and sometimes they can be difficult to differentiate. It is important not to miss the signs of the gastrointestinal disease that can feel exactly like menstrual cramps.
The unpleasant feeling and pain during bowel movements often come together with menstruations. They can be a completely normal symptom of menstruation, as well as symptoms of a disease. Only a doctor is able to reveal the true nature of this pain because there can be different causes for its appearance.
Possible Causes of Stomach Pain
1. Uterine muscles get tense to release the egg ready for conception. This can be felt in a bowel because of its close position to the uterus. If a woman has any GI diseases, the pain will be much stronger.
2. Pelvic inflammatory diseases that cause pain in the lower stomach.
3. Hormonal changes. The prostaglandin fluctuations can cause the feeling of pain and problems with bowel movements.
4. The increased blood flow to the pelvic organs can end as stagnation. It causes pressure over the nearest organs.
5. Irritable bowel syndrome. Hormonal fluctuation causes aggravation of the symptoms that are present in the average life of the patient (chronic stomach pain, problems with defecation, general weakness).
6. Hemorrhoids or anal fissures. In this case, pain occurs in the rectal area.
How to Differentiate Menstrual Pain from Bowel Pain?
The character of the one pain resembles the other, this is why it’s very difficult to differentiate them without medical help. However, if you have painful defecation, the pain is more likely connected to the gastrointestinal tract. If the pain lasts after the menstruation is over, this also means problems with the bowel movement.
Prostaglandin fluctuations influence bowel movements negatively if it already doesn’t function properly. This may manifest as a general weakness, fur on the tongue, unpleasant taste in the mouth, and sometimes even fever. But if the symptoms haven’t disappeared with the end of menstruation, your bowel pain probably wasn’t related to them.
How to Relieve the Pain?
The first step in relieving your bowel pain is a diet change. Avoid fried and fatty food and replace it with steamed, baked, or boiled products. The products that cause bloating should also be avoided during this period. This also concerns caffeine, alcohol, and junk food.
Help your bowel during this difficult time. Add fiber, soups, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables into your daily menu. If the pain is too severe, painkillers may help. Anyway, on noticing regular symptoms of discomfort in your bowel, consult your gynecologist about the necessity of ... ic-doctor/IBS treatment.