Head Cold and Increase in IBS Symptoms

Posted , 5 users are following.

I've had a head cold for a week and for the last 3 days I've had absolutely terrible cramps that have been preventing me from having a normal bowel movement due to the cramping pains. I know symptoms can change for IBS sufferers, but I'm hoping that this may be a consequence of my head cold. Has anyone else experienced a significant negative change in symptoms during an illness, particularly a non-GI related illness, that have passed once you've gotten better?

TIA!

0 likes, 4 replies

Report / Delete

4 Replies

  • Posted

    Yep. This just happened to me last week. Just got over a head cold and the IBS - M hit. Not sure if it's coincidental, but thats how it seemed to happen last year too.

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Hi ryn, i am still recovering from a chronic sinus infection. My ins has gone all wrong because of antibiotics! I am meant to go back to work tomorrow but if i can't move my head i'm not moving. Work can wait. If you're bunged up bowel wise try a softener for it, it should help? I hate getting ill i am so poorly with this.

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Yup. To be blunt, I find all the snot you swallow during a cold makes my IBS worse. I also get more wind from swallowing air as I have to breathe through my mouth all the time lol

    Report / Delete Reply
  • Posted

    Any bug at all can make your IBS worse because it puts extra strain on your body on top of your IBS. My IBS used to feel worse during my periods because hormones can cause this. Wait your cold out and you should feel better when it goes away. Stay as calm as possible, take your antispasmodics or painkillers to ease your stomach. Remember, worrying about your symptoms will make your flare ups worse and more frequent. Keep telling yourself that IBS symptoms can change. Calmness and your IBS medications are your best tools to manage your IBS. When my IBS flares up, I take antispasmodics and painkillers and feel better because I do not worry about my symptoms. Remember, your doctor has diagnosed you with IBS and nothing else.

    Report / Delete Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report or request deletion

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up