Dry eye link to IBS?

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hi i notice my eyes are dry and slightly irritated, i would like to know if anyone has this issues especially tiredness in eyes, its frustrating that my eyes are this sensitive especially know am close to getting my period. can IBS issues cause eye issues?

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    Absolutely.... here's some information from studies

    "Our study indicates that patients with IBS should be considered at increased risk of having DED. ... In addition, all abnormalities in tear film production resulted in more common ocular complaints of dry eyes (more than 3 positive answers to the dry eye symptoms questionnaire) in IBS patients"

    And yep, ive been there with the dry eye thing before. It comes and goes as it pleases

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      Tests for Sjogren's are often unreliable. Even lip biopsies. Readings can change over time. Quite often it is diagnosed on disease history and observation over long periods. It is quite elusive like Lupus Behcet's and other AI disorders.

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      I know all about the sjogrens tests. Ive had them for 5 years , all conducted at the mayo clinic. A lip biopsy is not recommended anymore, the gold standard is a saliva/dna test. Specifically antibodies. I am negative all the way around, even with dry eyes and occasional mouth. This however isnt uncommon in IBS...listed with some of the great immitators of sjogrens? IBS.....we are at risk of having those same symptoms during flare ups. The stomach is known as our second brain, and in IBS patients those digestive issues also show up in other parts of the body. The nervous system included as spasms are also increased in IBS patients. Theres so many diseases that mimic one another. When my IBS is controlled? All of my symptoms disappear

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    Dry eyes and ibs flares are also key symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome. Sjogren's can also cause dry moith but not always.You can test how dry your eyes are because there is a difference between your eyes feeling dry and clinical dryness. It is also common for flares to come around menstruation.

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      i hope this pass soon am so miserable, last time i went to the eye dr he said my eyes were severely dry but i believe it was because of acid reflux meds i was taking and the eye dr said thats common with those meds , so i came off but i do notice when my period about to start or i get a ibs flare up, my eyes acts up and am very tired,

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      Sam if I were you I would ask for a referral to look at what is going on with your dry eyes and the fatigue. I am not sure if you are in the UK but I saw someone here when I was unwell 15 years ago before diagnosis. They considered Sjogren's because I had dry eyes and IBS type symptoms. Turned out I didn't have that but something similar. At the time I saw an oral immunologist to assess for Sjogren's and she was great. Are you still seeing the eye doctor? It is something you could discuss with him/her.

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      i researched and am honestly scared i have most of the symptoms, the dry eyes started when i was in my cycle stage and my IBS started when i eat something bad, i really dont know i been to my dr so many times and he cant find nothing, am honestly gonna go back to him, this eye dr i have seen didnt mention anything when i went to see him

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      how are you now? i had IBS suddenly after my gallbladder acted up, i had it removed all these problems happened right 3 months after giving birth to my baby

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      it is worth checking. There are lots of good treatments out there these days which can help you to feel better if it was something like that. Doctors are dreadful for not ruling out other causes of these issues. Do ask for a referral to check it out.

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      this is great , am still lost as to why after pregnancies this never happen with my other kids, i will mention to my dr, what kind of specialist may i ask for? i also have a IUD can that cause hormones to go up and down? and cause these symptoms?

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      IUDs can indeed disturb your hormonal balance and are not good for you. I would get it removed. My brother, who is a surgeon told me that you should never take anything that interferes with the nautural working of your hormones.

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      am glad am not the only one who thinks this i only put it because i was very sick at that moment and recently had a baby and didnt wanna end up getting pregnant again and i can honestly say i believe that is why i have these horrible symtoms near my cycle time like ill be fine for 2-3 weeks and then one week everything hits me especially depression and anxiety is the worst of it and any symptoms, i find even around that time my body gets sensitive to lots of foods even the foods i would normally eat, its a pattern and i watched it for some months and i notice it has to be the mirena contributing to these symptoms i could be wrong but i didnt have any of these issues before, my gynocologist agree to remove it but she cant find it, it is in place but cant find the string so she has to put me to sleep to remove it and thats not until october am tired of suffering but theres nothing i can really do until october,

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      Ask to get a sooner appointment and see someone else who may be able to see and remove the iud without anaesthetic. There may be other doctors who can do this.

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