IBS increase

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Ive always suffered from a mild form of IBS but where I’ve had a very active job I think the exercise has kept it to a manageable level.

I took early retirement about a year ago but I have kept myself reasonably fit.

Really the only thing that has changed is I used to wake up at 5:45am now about 8am

What is happening is I’m woken about 6am with terrible stomach cramps. I get up go to the toilet go back to sleep.

About 45 minutes later the same repeat until I get up.

It is very demoralising and tiring.

Any thoughts , suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

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    Try an antispasmodic like Buscopan or painkillers. If you are getting diarrhoea, try Imodium.  I found my IBS pain woke me from sleep when it first started.  Now I am back in remission.  IBS can change; don’t worry.
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    I cracked in the end and saw my GP . She has proscribed me Colofac/ Mebeverine so hopefully that should help. Sorry to keep on but appears to be worse if I am stressed about something. Is that logical ?
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      When your are stressed, your IBS will be worse.  This is telltale sign of IBS.  I am the same.  Stress and IBS are linked.   Watch out with Meveverine, though, it can upset the stomach.  I was unable to tolerate it.  I switched to Buscopan.  
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      Everyone responds differently to medication.  Some experience side effects whereas others don’t.   Symptoms also vary from person ro person with IBS.  All medications have side effects.  This is why IBS is very difficult to treat.  It is very much trial and error.
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