Fainting due to IBS?

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I've had IBS for many years, initially IBS-D, but now more IBS-C with very painful trapped wind. I had a scary incident ten days ago where I felt wind pain in my stomach and then passed out. The pain wasn't really that bad, but I'm now wondering if the faint was linked to the IBS at all. I put it down to dehydration at the time, but I got pretty bad wind pain today and felt very light-headed, although this time I didn't faint.

I'd be interested to know if others have fainted and if it is common for it to occur with IBS. Would it be worth seeing the GP?

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    Maybe it was the intensity of the pain that caused you to faint; IBS can cause dizziness too. However, I haven't heard of fainting being a symptom of IBS. Maybe you need to try an antispasmodic again to control the pain. I take Buscopan. Some people control their IBS with diet alone but other need to manage it with a combination of diet and antispasmodics or painkillers followed by stress control. I control mine by taking painkillers and antispasmodics and avoiding stressful situations as much as possible. Diet doesn't affect my IBS. Mebeverine is not a good drug; it is well known to irritate the stomach. I had to throw them out after four days. Tell your doctor Mebeverine didn't suit you and ask for something else. Some people find Windeze good for trapped wind

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    ive had irritable bowel syndrome and it sucks so much I get dizzy every time mine acts up

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    I have a spell of extreme dizziness and faintness at the onset of every attack, before the pain really sets in. I too have to rely on quite a lot of painkillers, but I find simeticone to be much better than mebeverine; and, weirdly, apples seem to help. A lot. I'm just experimenting on that now. But for as long as I am really disciplined about taking all my tablets, it does at least space out the attacks quite a bit.

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    Thank you all for your replies, they're really helpful. I've never heard of Simeticone, Emma, but will have a look at it. I think it may well be time to go back to the GP and discuss it all. Thanks again.

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    Definitely worth seeing a GP I would say.

    Fainting may not be connected to IBS at all. I think fainting is usually related to your pulse rate. Only a doctor can really advise you.

    Sarah

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    ring the 111 service, the only time i've passed out is when i had very low blood pressure and an ear infection. being chronically constipated makes you feel weak. has your doctor given you medication to soften the bowel, if not see a different doctor. this sounds wrong to me!

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